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Nat Commun. 2013;4:2535. doi: 10.1038/ncomms3535.

Miz1 is required to maintain autophagic flux.

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1] Theodor Boveri Institute, Biocenter, University of Würzburg, Am Hubland, 97074 Würzburg, Germany [2].

Abstract

Miz1 is a zinc finger protein that regulates the expression of cell cycle inhibitors as part of a complex with Myc. Cell cycle-independent functions of Miz1 are poorly understood. Here we use a Nestin-Cre transgene to delete an essential domain of Miz1 in the central nervous system (Miz1(ΔPOZNes)). Miz1(ΔPOZNes) mice display cerebellar neurodegeneration characterized by the progressive loss of Purkinje cells. Chromatin immunoprecipitation sequencing and biochemical analyses show that Miz1 activates transcription upon binding to a non-palindromic sequence present in core promoters. Target genes of Miz1 encode regulators of autophagy and proteins involved in vesicular transport that are required for autophagy. Miz1(ΔPOZ) neuronal progenitors and fibroblasts show reduced autophagic flux. Consistently, polyubiquitinated proteins and p62/Sqtm1 accumulate in the cerebella of Miz1(ΔPOZNes) mice, characteristic features of defective autophagy. Our data suggest that Miz1 may link cell growth and ribosome biogenesis to the transcriptional regulation of vesicular transport and autophagy.

PMID:
24088869
PMCID:
PMC4084558
DOI:
10.1038/ncomms3535
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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