Phosphorylation of the mitochondrial autophagy receptor Nix enhances its interaction with LC3 proteins

  • The mitophagy receptor Nix interacts with LC3/GABARAP proteins, targeting mitochondria into autophagosomes for degradation. Here we present evidence for phosphorylation-driven regulation of the Nix:LC3B interaction. Isothermal titration calorimetry and NMR indicate a ~100 fold enhanced affinity of the serine 34/35-phosphorylated Nix LC3-interacting region (LIR) to LC3B and formation of a very rigid complex compared to the non-phosphorylated sequence. Moreover, the crystal structure of LC3B in complex with the Nix LIR peptide containing glutamic acids as phosphomimetic residues and NMR experiments revealed that LIR phosphorylation stabilizes the Nix:LC3B complex via formation of two additional hydrogen bonds between phosphorylated serines of Nix LIR and Arg11, Lys49 and Lys51 in LC3B. Substitution of Lys51 to Ala in LC3B abrogates binding of a phosphomimetic Nix mutant. Functionally, serine 34/35 phosphorylation enhances autophagosome recruitment to mitochondria in HeLa cells. Together, this study provides cellular, biochemical and biophysical evidence that phosphorylation of the LIR domain of Nix enhances mitophagy receptor engagement.

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Author:Vladimir V. Rogov, Hironori Suzuki, Mija Marinković, Verena Lang, Ryuichi Kato, Masato Kawasaki, Maja Buljubašić, Matilda Šprung, Natalia Rogova, Soichi Wakatsuki, Anne Hamacher-Brady, Volker DötschORCiDGND, Ivan ĐikićORCiDGND, Nathan Brady, Ivana Novak
URN:urn:nbn:de:hebis:30:3-467974
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-01258-6
ISSN:2045-2322
Pubmed Id:https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28442745
Parent Title (English):Scientific reports
Publisher:Macmillan Publishers Limited, part of Springer Nature
Place of publication:[London]
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Year of Completion:2017
Date of first Publication:2017/04/25
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2018/09/27
Tag:Mitophagy; Phosphorylation
Volume:7
Issue:1, Art. 1131
Page Number:12
First Page:1
Last Page:12
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HeBIS-PPN:438464176
Institutes:Biochemie, Chemie und Pharmazie / Biochemie und Chemie
Exzellenzcluster / Exzellenzcluster Makromolekulare Komplexe
Wissenschaftliche Zentren und koordinierte Programme / Zentrum für Biomolekulare Magnetische Resonanz (BMRZ)
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 54 Chemie / 540 Chemie und zugeordnete Wissenschaften
5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 57 Biowissenschaften; Biologie / 570 Biowissenschaften; Biologie
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