NAC1 and HMGB1 enter a partnership for manipulating autophagy

Yi Zhang, Jay W. Yang, Xingcong Ren, Jin Ming Yang

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Our recent study revealed a new role of nucleus accumbens-1 (NAC1), a transcription factor belonging to the BTB/POZ gene family, in regulating autophagy. Moreover, we found that the high-mobility group box 1 (HMGB1), a chromatin-associated nuclear protein acting as an extracellular damage associated molecular pattern molecule (DAMP), is the downstream executor of NAC1 in modulating autophagy. In response to stress such as therapeutic insults, NAC1 increases the expression, cytosolic translocation and release of HMGB1; elevated level of the cytoplasmic HMGB1 leads to activation of autophagy. The NAC1-HMGB1 partnership may represent a previously unrecognized pathway that regulates autophagy in response to various stresses such as chemotherapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1557-1558
Number of pages2
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2011


  • Apoptosis
  • Autophagy
  • Cisplatin
  • HMGB1
  • NAC1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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