Time-resolved FRET and NMR analyses reveal selective binding of peptides containing the LC3-interacting region to ATG8 family proteins

Jennifer M. Atkinson, Yansheng Ye, Melat T. Gebru, Qiang Liu, Shouhao Zhou, Megan Marie Young, Yoshinori Takahashi, Qing Lin, Fang Tian, Hong-Gang Wang

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Selective autophagy sequesters cytoplasmic cargo for lysosomal degradation via the binding of autophagy receptors to Atg8 (autophagy-related 8) family proteins on the autophagic membrane. The sole yeast Atg8 gene has six mAtg8 (mammalian Atg8) homologs, including the MAP1LC3 (microtubule-associated protein-1 light chain 3) family and the GABA receptor-associated proteins. Selective autophagy receptors interact with two conserved hydrophobic pockets (termed the W-site and L-site) of mATG8 proteins through a linear motif called the LC3-interacting region (LIR) with the general composition (W/F/Y)XX(I/L/V). To address a lack in our knowledge regarding LIR peptide specificity toward each mATG8 homolog, here we used competitive time-resolved FRET to sensitively and quantitatively characterize the interactions between LIRs and mAtg8. We report that 14 representative LIR-containing peptides display differential binding affinities toward the mAtg8 proteins and identified the LIR domain peptide of TP53INP1 as exhibiting high affinity for all six mATG8 proteins. Using peptide truncation studies, we found that both N- and C-terminal acidic residues, as well as the C-terminal Cys residue of the TP53INP1 LIR peptide, are required for its high-affinity binding to LC3A and LC3B, whereas binding to the GABARAP subfamily proteins was facilitated by residues either N-terminal or C-terminal to the core motif. Finally, we used NMR chemical shift perturbation analysis to gain molecular insights into these findings. Collectively, our results may aid in the development of molecules that selectively disrupt specific mATG8-LIR interactions to dissect the biological roles of the six mATG8 homologs for potential therapeutic applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14033-14042
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Volume294
Issue number38
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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Autophagy
Nuclear magnetic resonance
Peptides
Proteins
GABA Receptors
Microtubule-Associated Proteins
Chemical shift
Yeast
Yeasts
Autophagy-Related Protein 8 Family
Light
Genes
Membranes
Degradation
Molecules
Chemical analysis

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  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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Time-resolved FRET and NMR analyses reveal selective binding of peptides containing the LC3-interacting region to ATG8 family proteins. / Atkinson, Jennifer M.; Ye, Yansheng; Gebru, Melat T.; Liu, Qiang; Zhou, Shouhao; Young, Megan Marie; Takahashi, Yoshinori; Lin, Qing; Tian, Fang; Wang, Hong-Gang.

In: Journal of Biological Chemistry, Vol. 294, No. 38, 01.01.2019, p. 14033-14042.

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