Medizinische Universität Graz Austria/Österreich - Forschungsportal - Medical University of Graz

Logo MUG-Forschungsportal

Gewählte Publikation:

SHR Neuro Krebs Kardio Lipid

Panzitt, K; Jungwirth, E; Krones, E; Lee, JM; Pollheimer, M; Thallinger, GG; Kolb-Lenz, D; Xiao, R; Thorell, A; Trauner, M; Fickert, P; Marschall, HU; Moore, DD; Wagner, M.
FXR-dependent Rubicon induction impairs autophagy in models of human cholestasis.
J Hepatol. 2020; 72(6):1122-1131 [OPEN ACCESS]
Web of Science PubMed FullText FullText_MUG


Autor/innen der Med Uni Graz:
Fickert Peter
Jungwirth Emilian Rudolf
Panzitt Katrin
Pollheimer Marion
Tatscher Elisabeth
Wagner Martin

Dimensions Citations:

Plum Analytics:
Cholestasis comprises a spectrum of liver diseases characterized by the accumulation of bile acids. Bile acids and activation of the farnesoid X receptor (FXR) can inhibit autophagy, a cellular self-digestion process necessary for cellular homeostasis and regeneration. In mice, autophagy appears to be impaired in cholestasis and induction of autophagy may reduce liver injury. Herein, we explored autophagy in human cholestasis in vivo and investigated the underlying molecular mechanisms in vitro. FXR chromatin immunoprecipitation-sequencing and qPCR were performed in combination with luciferase promoter studies to identify functional FXR binding targets in a human cholestatic liver sample. Autophagic processing appeared to be impaired in patients with cholestasis and in individuals treated with the FXR ligand obeticholic acid (OCA). In vitro, chenodeoxycholic acid and OCA inhibited autophagy at the level of autophagosome to lysosome fusion in an FXR-dependent manner. Rubicon, which inhibits autophago-lysosomal maturation, was identified as a direct FXR target that is induced in cholestasis and by FXR-agonistic bile acids. Genetic inhibition of Rubicon reversed the bile acid-induced impairment of autophagic flux. In contrast to OCA, ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA), which is a non-FXR-agonistic bile acid, induced autophagolysosome formation independently of FXR, enhanced autophagic flux and was associated with reduced Rubicon levels. In models of human cholestasis, autophagic processing is impaired in an FXR-dependent manner, partly resulting from the induction of Rubicon. UDCA is a potent inducer of hepatic autophagy. Manipulating autophagy and Rubicon may represent a novel treatment concept for cholestatic liver diseases. Autophagy, a cellular self-cleansing process, is impaired in various forms of human cholestasis. Bile acids, which accumulate in cholestatic liver disease, induce Rubicon, a protein that inhibits proper execution of autophagy. Ursodeoxycholic acid, which is the first-line treatment option for many cholestatic liver diseases, induces hepatic autophagy along with reducing Rubicon. Copyright © 2020 European Association for the Study of the Liver. All rights reserved.

Find related publications in this database (Keywords)
Bile acids
Obeticholic acid
Ursodeoxycholic acid
Nuclear receptors
Vesicle trafficking
© Med Uni Graz Impressum