Selective 14-3-3γ Upregulation Promotes Beclin-1-LC3-Autophagic Influx via β-Catenin Interaction in Starved Neurons In Vitro and In Vivo.


Department of Pathophysiology, School of Basic Medicine, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Hangkong Road 13, Wuhan, 430030, China. [Email]


Lack of blood or glucose supply is the most common pathological factor in the brain. To cope with such an energy stress, initiating programmed autophagic processes in neurons is required. However, the mechanisms controlling neuronal autophagy during starvation remain far from clear. Here, we report an essential role of 14-3-3γ in starvation-activated neuronal autophagic influx signaling and elucidate the underlying mechanism. Double-fluorescent immunostaining demonstrates that 14-3-3γ protein elevation is well co-localized with Beclin-1 and LC3 elevation in cortical neurons in ischemic brains. Starvation treatment activates autophagic influx and upregulates Beclin-1 and only the γ isoform of 14-3-3 in N2a cells and cultured cortical neurons. Suppressing overall 14-3-3 function by difopein overexpression or knocking-out the γ isoform of 14-3-3 is sufficient to abolish starvation-induced Beclin-1 induction and LC3 activation while overexpressing 14-3-3γ but no other 14-3-3 isoform significantly upregulate Beclin-1-LC3 signaling. Upon starvation, 14-3-3γ binds more p-β-catenin but less Beclin-1. Finally, overexpressing 14-3-3γ reactivates β-catenin-suppressed Beclin-1-LC3 signaling in neuronal cells. Taken together, our data reveal that starvation-induced 14-3-3γ is required for β-catenin-Beclin-1-LC3-autophagy in starved neurons in vitro and in vivo, which may provide insights in the treatment of neurologic diseases such as stoke.


14-3-3 Protein,Autophagy,BECN1,Energy stress,Ischemic stroke,Neuron,