Cdk5-mediated phosphorylation of endophilin B1 is required for induced autophagy in models of Parkinson's disease

ArticleinNature Cell Biology 13(6):734 · June 2011with5 Reads
DOI: 10.1038/ncb0611-734d · Source: PubMed
Cyclin-dependent kinase 5 (Cdk5) is a serine/threonine kinase that is increasingly implicated in various neurodegenerative diseases. Deregulated Cdk5 activity has been associated with neuronal death, but the underlying mechanisms are not well understood. Here we report an unexpected role for Cdk5 in the regulation of induced autophagy in neurons. We have identified endophilin B1 (EndoB1) as a Cdk5 substrate, and show that Cdk5-mediated phosphorylation of EndoB1 is required for autophagy induction in starved neurons. Furthermore, phosphorylation of EndoB1 facilitates EndoB1 dimerization and recruitment of UVRAG (UV radiation resistance-associated gene). More importantly, Cdk5-mediated phosphorylation of EndoB1 is essential for autophagy induction and neuronal loss in models of Parkinson’s disease. Our findings not only establish Cdk5 as a critical regulator of autophagy induction, but also reveal a role for Cdk5 and EndoB1 in the pathophysiology of Parkinson’s disease through modulating autophagy.
    • "In other cases, compounds are inversely concerned with cytotoxic mechanisms of autophagy in PD. 6-OHDA, one of the most commonly used neurotoxins for modeling degeneration of dopaminergic neurons in PD, is able to induce autophagic cell death, which can be reverted by pretreated with autophagy inhibition by 3-methyladenine (3-MA) or AKT activation [37, 38]. MPTP also triggers neuronal loss with Cdk-5-associated autophagy activation [36]. The two compounds above are often used for building PD models but not for treatment. "
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    • "Initially identified through structural homology with CDK2 [75,76], and independently isolated as a proline-directed histone H1 kinase from bovine brain, CDK5/p35 was found to phosphorylate histone H1 and retinoblastoma protein (pRb)777879. However, this kinase is not involved in coordination of cell cycle progression, and instead exerts its functions mainly in the central nervous system, where it promotes neurite extension, neuronal migration, synapse formation during brain development, synaptic plasticity and synaptic activities in mature neurons, axonal guidance, neuronal development and differentiation, and further participates in regulation of autophagy4344458081828384. Moreover several extraneuronal functions of CDK5 have been reported including apoptosis in nonneuronal model systems and insulin secretion in pancreatic cells [46,85,86]. "
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    • "Nutrient-deprived 3D5 cells bearing high level of α-syn (i.e., 9 days of induction or more) are comparable to nondeprived counterparts in the level of LC3-II and autophagic flux, suggesting these cells have reached their maximum capacity in autophagy so that nutrient deprivation could not enhance autophagy to accelerate α-syn degradation as effectively as it could in cells without α-syn induction. It is worth noting that α-syn overexpression has been shown to activate or impair autophagy in different studies (Winslow et al., 2010; Choubey et al., 2011; Wong et al., 2011). Based on the results obtained from our cell models, we supported the role of α-syn in autophagy activation. "
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