Wild Type -Synuclein Is Degraded by Chaperone-mediated Autophagy and Macroautophagy in Neuronal Cells

ArticleinJournal of Biological Chemistry 283(35):23542-56 · July 2008with7 Reads
DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M801992200 · Source: PubMed
Alpha-synuclein (ASYN) is crucial in Parkinson disease (PD) pathogenesis. Increased levels of wild type (WT) ASYN expression are sufficient to cause PD in humans. The manner of post-transcriptional regulation of ASYN levels is controversial. Previously, we had shown that WT ASYN can be degraded by chaperone-mediated autophagy (CMA) in isolated liver lysosomes. Whether this occurs in a cellular and, in particular, in a neuronal cell context is unclear. Using a mutant ASYN form that lacks the CMA recognition motif and RNA interference against the rate-limiting step in the CMA pathway, Lamp2a, we show here that CMA is indeed involved in WT ASYN degradation in PC12 and SH-SY5Y cells, and in primary cortical and midbrain neurons. However, the extent of involvement varies between cell types, potentially because of differences in compensatory mechanisms. CMA inhibition leads to an accumulation of soluble high molecular weight and detergent-insoluble species of ASYN, suggesting that CMA dysfunction may play a role in the generation of such aberrant species in PD. ASYN and Lamp2a are developmentally regulated in parallel in cortical neuron cultures and in vivo in the central nervous system, and they physically interact as indicated by co-immunoprecipitation. In contrast to previous reports, inhibition of macroautophagy, but not the proteasome, also leads to WT ASYN accumulation, suggesting that this lysosomal pathway is also involved in normal ASYN turnover. These results indicate that CMA and macroautophagy are important pathways for WT ASYN degradation in neurons and underline the importance of CMA as degradation machinery in the nervous system.
    • "In PD and other malconformation brain diseases, where pathology is associated with abnormal protein folding and aggregate accumulation, autophagy is activated [16, 17] to compensate for the often compromised proteasomal function. While α-SNC is taken up by both macroautophagy and chaperone-mediated autophagy, modified or aggregated forms of α-SNC have also been found to partially inhibit the very same pathways [16][17][18][19][20][21]. There is also mounting evidence that lysosomal function is compromised in PD and other brain diseases [22]. "
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    • "However, LAMP2A-defective cells were more sensitive to stressors such as H 2 0 2 or paraquat, suggesting that, even though protein turnover was maintained in this cellular system, the selectivity of CMA was necessary as part of the cellular response to stress (Massey et al., 2006). In addition, LAMP2A down-regulation in neuronal cells led also to a similar up-regulation of macroautophagy (Vogiatzi et al., 2008), which in some instances may lead to cell death (Xilouri et al., 2009 ). Thus, a direct consequence of the age-dependent "
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    • "95 VKKDQ 99 ), and is thus recognized by Hsc70 to facilitate its degradation via the CMA pathway (Dice, 1990; Cuervo et al., 2004 ). Although mutant and dopamine-modified forms of α-synuclein can also bind to LAMP-2A, these proteins fail to translocate across the lysosomal membrane and remain bound to LAMP-2A (Martinez-Vicente et al., 2008; Vogiatzi et al., 2008). Mutant α-synuclein has been shown to inhibit CMA due to its high binding affinity for LAMP-2A compared to wildtype α-synuclein (Cuervo et al., 2004 ). "
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