Acinus (Acn) is a nuclear protein that participates in the regulation of autophagy. Loss of Acn function prevents autophagy in starving cells. Conversely, Acn activation induces basal autophagy. This enhances the quality control functions of autophagy such as the removal of misfolded proteins, thereby reducing neurodegeneration and prolonging lifespan. Acn activity is enhanced by Akt1-mediated phosphorylation, which counteracts the cleavage of Acn by a caspase-3 homolog.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Molecular and Cellular Oncology|
|State||Published - Jul 3 2015|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Medicine
- Cancer Research