Nicotinic Acid Adenine Dinucleotide Phosphate (NAADP) regulates autophagy in cultured astrocytes

Gustavo J S Pereira, Hanako Hirata, Gian M. Fimia, Lúcia G. Do Carmo, Claudia Bincoletto, Sang W. Han, Roberta S. Stilhano, Rodrigo P. Ureshino, Duncan Bloor-Young, Grant Churchill, Mauro Piacentini, Sandip Patel, Soraya S. Smaili

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Nicotinic acid adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NAADP) is a potent Ca2+-mobilizing messenger that in many cells releases Ca2+ from the endolysosomal system. Recent studies have shown that NAADP-induced Ca2+ mobilization is mediated by the two-pore channels (TPCs). Whether NAADP acts as a messenger in astrocytes is unclear, and downstream functional consequences have yet to be defined. Here, we show that intracellular delivery of NAADP evokes Ca2+ signals from acidic organelles in rat astrocytes and that these signals are potentiated upon overexpression of TPCs. We also show that NAADP increases acidic vesicular organelle formation and levels of the autophagic markers, LC3II and beclin-1. NAADP-mediated increases in LC3II levels were reduced in cells expressing a dominant-negative TPC2 construct. Our data provide evidence that NAADP-evoked Ca2+ signals mediated by TPCs regulate autophagy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27875-27881
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number32
Publication statusPublished - Aug 12 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biology


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