ATG7-mediated autophagy facilitates embryonic stem cell exit from naive pluripotency and marks commitment to differentiation

Jilong Zhou, Hainan He, Jing-Jing Zhang, Xin Liu, Wang Yao, Chengyu Li, Tian Xu, Shu-Yuan Yin, Dan-Ya Wu, Cheng-Li Dou, Qiao Li, Jiani Xiang, Wen-Jing Xiong, Li-Yan Wang, Jun-ming Tang, Zhouyiyuan Xue, Xia Zhang & Yi-Liang Miao
Macroautophagy/autophagy is a conserved cellular mechanism to degrade unneeded cytoplasmic proteins and organelles to recycle their components, and it is critical for embryonic stem cell (ESC) self-renewal and somatic cell reprogramming. Whereas autophagy is essential for early development of embryos, no information exists regarding its functions during the transition from naive-to-primed pluripotency. Here, by using an in vitro transition model of ESCs to epiblast-like cells (EpiLCs), we find that dynamic changes in ATG7-dependent autophagy are...
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