Regulation of BECN1-mediated autophagy by HSPB6: Insights from a human HSPB6S10F mutant

Guan-Sheng Liu, Hongyan Zhu, Wen-Feng Cai, Xiaohong Wang, Min Jiang, Kobina Essandoh, Elizabeth Vafiadaki, Kobra Haghighi, Chi Keung Lam, George Gardner, George Adly, Persoulla Nicolaou, Despina Sanoudou, Qiangrong Liang, Jack Rubinstein, Guo-Chang Fan & Evangelia G. Kranias
HSPB6/Hsp20 (heat shock protein family B [small] member 6) has emerged as a novel cardioprotector against stress-induced injury. We identified a human mutant of HSPB6 (HSPB6S10F) exclusively present in dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) patients. Cardiac expression of this mutant in mouse hearts resulted in remodeling and dysfunction, which progressed to heart failure and early death. These detrimental effects were associated with reduced interaction of mutant HSPB6S10F with BECN1/Beclin 1, leading to BECN1 ubiquitination and its proteosomal...
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