bims-unfpre Biomed News
on Unfolded protein response
Issue of 2020‒01‒26
two papers selected by
Susan Logue
University of Manitoba


  1. Autophagy. 2020 Feb;16(2): 385-386
    Loi M, Molinari M.
      Physiological and pathological stresses may cause swelling of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), a biosynthetic organelle in eukaryotic cells. Upon conclusion of the stress, ER size and content return to physiological levels. The translocon component SEC62 decorates the portions of excess ER that must be cleared from cells. Our recent paper highlights the role of endosomal sorting complex required for transport (ESCRT)-III-driven micro-ER-phagy in ER remodeling during cell recovery from ER stress.
    Keywords:  Autophagosome biogenesis; ER-centric; ER-phagy; ESCRT-III; LC3 lipidation; Recov-ER-phagy; autophagy; endolysosomes; micro-ER-phagy; unfolded protein response (UPR)
    DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1080/15548627.2019.1709767
  2. Science. 2020 Jan 24. 367(6476): 436-440
    Frakes AE, Metcalf MG, Tronnes SU, Bar-Ziv R, Durieux J, Gildea HK, Kandahari N, Monshietehadi S, Dillin A.
      The ability of the nervous system to sense cellular stress and coordinate protein homeostasis is essential for organismal health. Unfortunately, stress responses that mitigate disturbances in proteostasis, such as the unfolded protein response of the endoplasmic reticulum (UPRER), become defunct with age. In this work, we expressed the constitutively active UPRER transcription factor, XBP-1s, in a subset of astrocyte-like glia, which extended the life span in Caenorhabditis elegans Glial XBP-1s initiated a robust cell nonautonomous activation of the UPRER in distal cells and rendered animals more resistant to protein aggregation and chronic ER stress. Mutants deficient in neuropeptide processing and secretion suppressed glial cell nonautonomous induction of the UPRER and life-span extension. Thus, astrocyte-like glial cells play a role in regulating organismal ER stress resistance and longevity.
    DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aaz6896