Need an ESCRT for autophagosomal maturation?

Commun Integr Biol. 2012 Nov 1;5(6):566-71. doi: 10.4161/cib.21522.


Several reports in fly, nematode and mammalian cells have revealed that the inactivation of endosomal sorting complexes required for transport (ESCRT) blocks the endosomal maturation but also leads to the increased number of autophagosomal structures. In this review we compare these data and conclude that the way ESCRT mutations affect the relationships between autophagosomes and endosomes cannot be generalized but depends on the studied species. We propose that the effect of ESCRT mutations on autophagy is directly dependent of the level of interaction between autophagosomes and endosomes. In particular, the formation of amphisomes during autophagosomal maturation could be the key point to explain the differences observed between species. These observations highlight the importance of multiple model organisms to decipher the complexity of relationships between such dynamic vesicles.

Keywords: ATG8/LC3/LGG-1; C. elegans; VPSE proteins; amphisomes; autophagosomes; endosomes.