Membrane curvature response in autophagy

Livia Wilz, Weiliang Fan, Qing Zhong

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Membrane trafficking is key for signal transduction, cargo transportation, and in the case of autophagy, delivering cytoplasmic substrates to the lysosome for degradation. Autophagy requires the formation of a unique double membrane vesicle, the autophagosome. However, the mechanism by which the autophagosome forms is unknown. Our recent study focused on the role of Barkor/Atg14(L) in targeting the autophagy-specific class III phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PtdIns3KC3) complex to the early autophagosome has implicated this complex in autophagosome formation. This study found that the BATS domain of Barkor targets the PtdIns3KC3 complex to early autophagic structures and senses highly curved membranes enriched in phosphatidylinositol-3-phosphate (PtdIns(3)P). Consequently, this study uncovered an exciting new role for the PtdIns3KC3 complex as a potential inducer of autophagosome formation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1249-1250
Number of pages2
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2011


  • ALPS
  • Amphipathic alpha helix
  • Atg14(L)
  • Autophagosome
  • Autophagy
  • BATS
  • Barkor
  • Membrane curvature
  • PtdIns(3)P
  • PtdIns3KC3

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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