Beclin1 controls the levels of p53 by regulating the deubiquitination activity of USP10 and USP13

Junli Liu, Hongguang Xia, Minsu Kim, Lihua Xu, Ying Li, Lihong Zhang, Yu Cai, Helin Vakifahmetoglu Norberg, Tao Zhang, Tsuyoshi Furuya, Minzhi Jin, Zhimin Zhu, Huanchen Wang, Jia Yu, Yanxia Li, Yan Hao, Augustine Choi, Hengming Ke, Dawei Ma, Junying Yuan

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Abstract

Autophagy is an important intracellular catabolic mechanism that mediates the degradation of cytoplasmic proteins and organelles. We report a potent small molecule inhibitor of autophagy named "spautin-1" for specific and potent autophagy inhibitor-1. Spautin-1 promotes the degradation of Vps34 PI3 kinase complexes by inhibiting two ubiquitin-specific peptidases, USP10 and USP13, that target the Beclin1 subunit of Vps34 complexes. Beclin1 is a tumor suppressor and frequently monoallelically lost in human cancers. Interestingly, Beclin1 also controls the protein stabilities of USP10 and USP13 by regulating their deubiquitinating activities. Since USP10 mediates the deubiquitination of p53, regulating deubiquitination activity of USP10 and USP13 by Beclin1 provides a mechanism for Beclin1 to control the levels of p53. Our study provides a molecular mechanism involving protein deubiquitination that connects two important tumor suppressors, p53 and Beclin1, and a potent small molecule inhibitor of autophagy as a possible lead compound for developing anticancer drugs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-234
Number of pages12
JournalCell
Volume147
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 30 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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