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Cathepsin L, a Target of Hypoxia-Inducible Factor-1-α, Is Involved in Melanosome Degradation in Melanocytes

Authors
 Ji Young Kim  ;  Eun Jung Lee  ;  Yuri Ahn  ;  Sujin Park  ;  Yu Jeong Bae  ;  Tae Gyun Kim  ;  Sang Ho Oh 
Citation
 INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR SCIENCES, Vol.22(16) : 8596, 2021-08 
Journal Title
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR SCIENCES
Issue Date
2021-08
Keywords
Cathepsin L ; autophagy ; hypoxia-inducible factor-1-alpha ; melanosome
Abstract
Hypoxic conditions induce the activation of hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α) to restore the supply of oxygen to tissues and cells. Activated HIF-1α translocates into the nucleus and binds to hypoxia response elements to promote the transcription of target genes. Cathepsin L (CTSL) is a lysosomal protease that degrades cellular proteins via the endolysosomal pathway. In this study, we attempted to determine if CTSL is a hypoxia responsive target gene of HIF-1α, and decipher its role in melanocytes in association with the autophagic pathway. The results of our luciferase reporter assay showed that the expression of CTSL is transcriptionally activated through the binding of HIF1-α at its promoter. Under autophagy-inducing starvation conditions, HIF-1α and CTSL expression is highly upregulated in melan-a cells. The mature form of CTSL is closely involved in melanosome degradation through lysosomal activity upon autophagosome-lysosome fusion. The inhibition of conversion of pro-CTSL to mature CTSL leads to the accumulation of gp100 and tyrosinase in addition to microtubule-associated protein 1 light chain 3 (LC3) II, due to decreased lysosomal activity in the autophagic pathway. In conclusion, we have identified that CTSL, a novel target of HIF-1α, participates in melanosome degradation in melanocytes through lysosomal activity during autophagosome-lysosome fusion.
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DOI
10.3390/ijms22168596
Appears in Collections:
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Dermatology (피부과학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Kim, Tae-Gyun(김태균) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2116-4579
Oh, Sang Ho(오상호) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4477-1400
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/184806
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