ER stress-linked autophagy stabilizes apoptosis effector PERP and triggers its co-localization with SERCA2b at ER-plasma membrane junctions

Samantha J McDonnell, David G Spiller, Michael R H White, Ian A Prior, Luminita Paraoan

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Abstract

Specific molecular interactions that underpin the switch between ER stress-triggered autophagy-mediated cellular repair and cellular death by apoptosis are not characterized. This study reports the unexpected interaction elicited by ER stress between the plasma membrane (PM)-localized apoptosis effector PERP and the ER Ca2+ pump SERCA2b. We show that the p53 effector PERP, which specifically induces apoptosis when expressed above a threshold level, has a heterogeneous distribution across the PM of un-stressed cells and is actively turned over by the lysosome. PERP is upregulated following sustained starvation-induced autophagy, which precedes the onset of apoptosis indicating that PERP protein levels are controlled by a lysosomal pathway that is sensitive to cellular physiological state. Furthermore, ER stress stabilizes PERP at the PM and induces its increasing co-localization with SERCA2b at ER-PM junctions. The findings highlight a novel crosstalk between pro-survival autophagy and pro-death apoptosis pathways and identify, for the first time, accumulation of an apoptosis effector to ER-PM junctions in response to ER stress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)132
JournalCell Death Discovery
Volume5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sep 2019
Externally publishedYes

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