Degradation of autophagosomal cargo requires the tethering and fusion of autophagosomes with lysosomes that is mediated by the scaffolding protein autophagy related 14 (ATG14). Here, we report that phosphatidylinositol 4-kinase 2A (PI4K2A) generates a pool of phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate (PI4P) that facilitates the recruitment of ATG14 to mature autophagosomes. We also show that PI4K2A binds to ATG14, suggesting that PI4P may be synthesized in situ in the vicinity of ATG14. Impaired targeting of ATG14 to autophagosomes in PI4K2A-depleted cells is rescued by the introduction of PI4P but not its downstream product phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PI(4,5)P2). Thus, PI4P and PI(4,5)P2 have independent functions in late-stage autophagy. These results provide a mechanism to explain prior studies indicating that PI4K2A and its product PI4P are necessary for autophagosome-lysosome fusion.
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