p62/SQSTM1-droplet serves as a platform for autophagosome formation and anti-oxidative stress response

Shun Kageyama, Sigurdur Runar Gudmundsson, Yu Shin Sou, Yoshinobu Ichimura, Naoki Tamura, Saiko Kazuno, Takashi Ueno, Yoshiki Miura, Daisuke Noshiro, Manabu Abe, Tsunehiro Mizushima, Nobuaki Miura, Shujiro Okuda, Hozumi Motohashi, Jin A. Lee, Kenji Sakimura, Tomoyuki Ohe, Nobuo N. Noda, Satoshi Waguri, Eeva Liisa EskelinenMasaaki Komatsu

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Autophagy contributes to the selective degradation of liquid droplets, including the P-Granule, Ape1-complex and p62/SQSTM1-body, although the molecular mechanisms and physiological relevance of selective degradation remain unclear. In this report, we describe the properties of endogenous p62-bodies, the effect of autophagosome biogenesis on these bodies, and the in vivo significance of their turnover. p62-bodies are low-liquidity gels containing ubiquitin and core autophagy-related proteins. Multiple autophagosomes form on the p62-gels, and the interaction of autophagosome-localizing Atg8-proteins with p62 directs autophagosome formation toward the p62-gel. Keap1 also reversibly translocates to the p62-gels in a p62-binding dependent fashion to activate the transcription factor Nrf2. Mice deficient for Atg8-interaction-dependent selective autophagy show that impaired turnover of p62-gels leads to Nrf2 hyperactivation in vivo. These results indicate that p62-gels are not simple substrates for autophagy but serve as platforms for both autophagosome formation and anti-oxidative stress.

Original languageEnglish
Article number16
JournalNature communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Dec 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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