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Physiology

2011

Series

Animals; Apoptosis; Apoptosis Regulatory Proteins; Autophagy; Cells, Cultured; Forkhead Transcription Factors; JNK Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases; Membrane Proteins; Mice; Mice, Inbred C57BL; Mice, Knockout; Mitochondrial Proteins; Neurons; Signal Transduction; Transcription Factors

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Jnk Regulates Foxo-Dependent Autophagy In Neurons, Ping Xu, Madhumita Das, Judith Reilly, Roger J. Davis Feb 2011

Jnk Regulates Foxo-Dependent Autophagy In Neurons, Ping Xu, Madhumita Das, Judith Reilly, Roger J. Davis

Davis Lab Publications

The cJun N-terminal kinase (JNK) signal transduction pathway is implicated in the regulation of neuronal function. JNK is encoded by three genes that play partially redundant roles. Here we report the creation of mice with targeted ablation of all three Jnk genes in neurons. Compound JNK-deficient neurons are dependent on autophagy for survival. This autophagic response is caused by FoxO-induced expression of Bnip3 that displaces the autophagic effector Beclin-1 from inactive Bcl-XL complexes. These data identify JNK as a potent negative regulator of FoxO-dependent autophagy in neurons.