Co-chaperone bag-1 plays a role in the autophagy-dependent cell survival through beclin 1 interaction

Miray Turk, Ozge Tatli, Hamza Furkan Alkan, Pelin Ozfiliz Kilbas, Gizem Alkurt, Gizem Dinler Doganay*

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Expression levels of the major mammalian autophagy regulator Beclin 1 and its interaction with Bcl-2 regulate the switch between autophagic cell survival and apoptotic cell death pathways. However, some of the regulators and the precise mechanisms of these processes still remain elusive. Bag-1 (Bcl-2 associated athanogene-1), a member of BAG family proteins, is a multifunctional pro-survival molecule that possesses critical functions in vital cellular pathways. Herein, we report the role of Bag-1 on Bcl-2/Beclin 1 crosstalk through indirectly interacting with Beclin 1. Pull-down experiments suggested a molecular interaction between Bag-1 and Beclin 1 in breast cancer cell lines. On the other hand, in vitro binding assays showed that Bag-1/Beclin 1 interaction does not occur directly but occurs through a mediator molecule. Bag-1 interaction with p-Beclin 1 (T119), indicator of early autophagy, is increased during nutrient starvation suggesting involvement of Bag-1 in the autophagic regulation. Furthermore, CRISPR/Cas9-mediated Bag-1 knock-out in MCF-7 cells hampered cell survival and proliferation and resulted in decreased levels of total LC3 under starvation. Collectively, we suggest that Bag-1 modulates cell survival/death decision through maintaining macroautophagy as a component of Beclin 1-associated complexes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number854
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2021

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This research was funded by The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK). M.T was funded by TUBITAK, 117Z848 and TUBITAK STAR 2247 project.

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TUBITAK117Z848, STAR 2247
Türkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Araştirma Kurumu


    • Autophagy
    • Bag-1
    • Bcl-2
    • Beclin 1
    • Breast cancer


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