Endothelial PKA activity regulates angiogenesis by limiting autophagy through phosphorylation of ATG16L1

Xiaocheng Zhao, Pavel Nedvetsky, Fabio Stanchi, Anne Clemence Vion, Oliver Popp, Kerstin Zühlke, Gunnar Dittmar, Enno Klussmann, Holger Gerhardt*

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Abstract

The cAMP-dependent protein kinase A (PKA) regulates various cellular functions in health and disease. In endothelial cells PKA activity promotes vessel maturation and limits tip cell formation. Here, we used a chemical genetic screen to identify endothelial-specific direct substrates of PKA in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) that may mediate these effects. Amongst several candidates, we identified ATG16L1, a regulator of autophagy, as novel target of PKA. Biochemical validation, mass spectrometry and peptide spot arrays revealed that PKA phosphorylates ATG16L1a at Ser268 and ATG16L1β at Ser269, driving phosphorylation-dependent degradation of ATG16L1 protein. Reducing PKA activity increased ATG16L1 protein levels and endothelial autophagy. Mouse in vivo genetics and pharmacological experiments demonstrated that autophagy inhibition partially rescues vascular hypersprouting caused by PKA deficiency. Together these results indicate that endothelial PKA activity mediates a critical switch from active sprouting to quiescence in part through phosphorylation of ATG16L1, which in turn reduces endothelial autophagy.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere46380
JournaleLife
Volume8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019

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