Autophagy-independent function of Atg1 for apoptosis-induced compensatory proliferation

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  • Mingli Li
  • Jillian L Lindblad
  • Ernesto Perez
  • Andreas Bergmann
  • Yun Fan

Colleges, School and Institutes


BACKGROUND: ATG1 belongs to the Uncoordinated-51-like kinase protein family. Members of this family are best characterized for roles in macroautophagy and neuronal development. Apoptosis-induced proliferation (AiP) is a caspase-directed and JNK-dependent process which is involved in tissue repair and regeneration after massive stress-induced apoptotic cell loss. Under certain conditions, AiP can cause tissue overgrowth with implications for cancer.

RESULTS: Here, we show that Atg1 in Drosophila (dAtg1) has a previously unrecognized function for both regenerative and overgrowth-promoting AiP in eye and wing imaginal discs. dAtg1 acts genetically downstream of and is transcriptionally induced by JNK activity, and it is required for JNK-dependent production of mitogens such as Wingless for AiP. Interestingly, this function of dAtg1 in AiP is independent of its roles in autophagy and in neuronal development.

CONCLUSION: In addition to a role of dAtg1 in autophagy and neuronal development, we report a third function of dAtg1 for AiP.


Original languageEnglish
JournalBMC Biology
Issue number70
Publication statusPublished - 19 Aug 2016


  • Apoptosis-induced proliferation, Jun-N-terminal kinase signaling, Autophagy, Atg1, ULK1/2