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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Apr 23;110(17):6841-6. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1217692110. Epub 2013 Apr 8.

Acetylated hsp70 and KAP1-mediated Vps34 SUMOylation is required for autophagosome creation in autophagy.

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School of Pharmacy, Fudan University, Shanghai 201203, China.


Autophagy is a stress-induced catabolic process in which cytoplasmic components, sequestered in double-membrane autophagic vesicles (AVs) or autophagosomes, are delivered to lysosomes for degradation and recycling [Kroemer G, Mariño G, Levine B (2010) Mol Cell 40(2):280-293]. Activity of the class III phosphatidylinositol-3-OH-kinase (PI3K) vacuolar protein-sorting (Vps) 34, bound to coiled-coil moesin-like B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2)-interacting protein Beclin-1, is required for phosphoinositide generation, essential for AV formation in autophagy [Cuervo AM (2010) Nat Cell Biol 12(8):735-737]. However, how autophagy-inducing stress regulates Vps34 activity has not been fully elucidated. Our findings demonstrate that autophagy-inducing stress increases intracellular levels of acetylated inducible heat shock protein (hsp) 70, which binds to the Beclin-1-Vps34 complex. Acetylated hsp70 also recruits E3 ligase for SUMOylation, KRAB-ZFP-associated protein 1 (KAP1), inducing Lys840 SUMOylation and increasing Vps34 activity bound to Beclin 1. Knockdown of hsp70 abolished the Beclin-1-Vps34 complex formation, as well as inhibited KAP1 binding to Vps34 and AV formation. Notably, autophagy-inducing stress due to histone deacetylase inhibitor treatment induced AV formation in the wild-type but not hsp70.1/3 knockout mouse embryonic fibroblasts MEFs. These findings highlight a regulatory mechanism of Vps34 activity, which involves acetylated hsp70 and KAP1-dependent SUMOylation of Vps34 bound to Beclin 1.

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