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Department of Molecular, Cell, and Cancer Biology

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Cell Biology | Cellular and Molecular Physiology | Developmental Biology | Enzymes and Coenzymes


Macroautophagy (autophagy) targets cytoplasmic cargoes to the lysosome for degradation. Like all vesicle trafficking, autophagy relies on phosphoinositide identity, concentration, and localization to execute multiple steps in this catabolic process. Here, we screen for phosphoinositide phosphatases that influence autophagy in Drosophila and identify CG3530. CG3530 is homologous to the human MTMR6 subfamily of myotubularin-related 3-phosphatases, and therefore, we named it dMtmr6. dMtmr6, which is required for development and viability in Drosophila, functions as a regulator of autophagic flux in multiple Drosophila cell types. The MTMR6 family member MTMR8 has a similar function in autophagy of higher animal cells. Decreased dMtmr6 and MTMR8 function results in autophagic vesicle accumulation and influences endolysosomal homeostasis.


Cell death and autophagy, Development

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Allen EA, Amato C, Fortier TM, Velentzas P, Wood W, Baehrecke EH. A conserved myotubularin-related phosphatase regulates autophagy by maintaining autophagic flux. J Cell Biol. 2020 Nov 2;219(11):e201909073. doi: 10.1083/jcb.201909073. PMID: 32915229; PMCID: PMC7594499. Link to article on publisher's site

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The Journal of cell biology

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