Harnessing Dual-Fluorescence Lifetime Probes to Validate Regulatory Mechanisms of Organelle Interactions

Yuping Zhao, Hyeong Seok Kim, Xiang Zou, Ling Huang, Xing Liang, Zihong Li, Jong Seung Kim, Weiying Lin

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Organelles are dynamic yet highly organized to preserve cellular homeostasis. However, the absence of time-resolved molecular tools for simultaneous dual-signal imaging of two organelles has prevented scientists from elucidating organelle interaction regulatory mechanisms on a nanosecond timescale. To date, the regulatory mechanisms governing the interaction between endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and autophagosomes are unknown. In this study, we propose a strategy for developing dual-fluorescence lifetime probes localized to the endoplasmic reticulum and autophagosomes to investigate their interaction regulatory mechanisms. Using the robust probe CF2, we investigated the regulatory mechanisms between ER and autophagosomes and discovered the following: (i) motile autophagosome in ER tips drives the ER tubule to grow and slide; (ii) the ER reticulate tubule forms a three-way junction centered on the autophagosome; (iii) ER autophagy is a type of cell damage index during drug-induced apoptosis. Thus, this study advances our knowledge of organelle interaction regulatory mechanisms, shedding light on the identification of therapeutic targets for neurodegenerative diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20854-20865
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number45
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Nov 16

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors thank the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21877048, 22077048, and 22277014), Guangxi Natural Science Foundation (2021GXNSFDA075003 and AD21220061), and the startup fund of Guangxi University (A3040051003) for financial support. This article was also supported by the CRI project of the National Research Foundation of Korea (no. 2018R1A3B1052702, to J.S.K.).

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© 2022 American Chemical Society.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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