UV radiation resistance protein/autophagy-related protein 14 (IPR018791)

Short name: UV_resistance/autophagy_Atg14

Family relationships


Class III phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3-kinase) regulates multiple membrane trafficking. In yeast, two distinct PI3-kinase complexes are known: complex I (Vps34, Vps15, Vps30/Atg6, and Atg14) is involved in autophagy, and complex II (Vps34, Vps15, Vps30/Atg6, and Vps38) functions in the vacuolar protein sorting pathway. In mammals, the counterparts of Vps34, Vps15, and Vps30/Atg6 are Vps34, p150, and Beclin 1, respectively. Mammalian UV irradiation resistance-associated gene (UVRAG) has been identified as identical to yeast Vps38 [PMID: 18843052].

The Atg14 (autophagy-related protein 14) proteins are hydrophilic proteins and have a coiled-coil motif at the N terminus region. Yeast cells with mutant Atg14 are defective not only in autophagy but also in sorting of carboxypeptidase Y (CPY), a vacuolar-soluble hydrolase, to the vacuole [PMID: 9712845].

This entry represents Atg14 and UVRAG, which bind Beclin 1 to forms two distinct PI3-kinase complexes. This entry also includes Bakor (beclin-1-associated autophagy-related key regulator), also known as autophagy-related protein 14-like protein, which share sequence similarity to the yeast Atg14 protein [PMID: 19050071]. Barkor positively regulates autophagy through its interaction with Beclin-1, with decreased levels of autophagosome formation observed when Barkor expression is eliminated [PMID: 19050071]. Autophagy mediates the cellular response to nutrient deprivation, protein aggregation, and pathogen invasion in humans, and malfunction of autophagy has been implicated in multiple human diseases including cancer.

GO terms

Biological Process

GO:0010508 positive regulation of autophagy

Molecular Function

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