GABARAPL1 negatively regulates wnt/β-catenin signaling by mediating Dvl2 degradation through the autophagy pathway

Yanquan Zhang, Fang Wang, Liang Han, Yinyuan Wu, Shan Li, Xi Yang, Yinyin Wang, Fangli Ren, Yonggong Zhai, Dianjun Wang, Baoqing Jia, Yongjing Xia, Zhijie Chang

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Abstract

Wnt signaling is critical for many biological processes and is tightly regulated. In this study, we found that GABARAPL1 (GABA A receptor-associated protein like 1, GABARAPL1) interacts with Dvl2 by both yeast two-hybrid screening and immunoprecipitation experiments. Furthermore, we observed that p62 is required for the interaction of Dvl2 and GABARAPL1. Luciferase assays indicated that GABARAPL1 represses Wnt/β-catenin signaling stimulated by Wnt1, Dvl2 and β-catenin. We further demonstrated that GABARAPL1 mediates degradation of Dvl2 and the effect is blocked by addition of 3-MA, a specific inhibitor of autophagy. Finally, we provided evidence that over-expression of GABARAPL1 inhibits proliferation and tumor growth of MCF7 cells in vitro and in nude mice. Taken together, our results suggested that GABARAPL1 as a tumor repressor inhibits Wnt signaling via mediating Dvl2 degradation through the autophagy pathway.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-512
Number of pages10
JournalCellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Volume27
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011

Keywords

  • Autophagy
  • Dvl2
  • GABARAPL1
  • Wnt signaling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology

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