Research Paper Volume 15, Issue 11 pp 4685—4698

LAMP2A, and other chaperone-mediated autophagy related proteins, do not decline with age in genetically heterogeneous UM-HET3 mice

Katherine K. Zhang1, , Peichuan Zhang2,3, , Anagha Kodur1, , Ilkim Erturk4, , Calvin M. Burns4, , Cynthia Kenyon2, , Richard A. Miller4,5, , S. Joseph Endicott4,5, ,

  • 1 University of Michigan, College of Literature, Science, and The Arts, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
  • 2 Calico Life Sciences, South San Francisco, CA 94080, USA
  • 3 Current Affiliation: WuXi AppTec, Shanghai, China
  • 4 University of Michigan, Department of Pathology, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
  • 5 University of Michigan Geriatrics Center, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA

Received: April 21, 2023       Accepted: May 30, 2023       Published: June 13, 2023
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Chaperone-mediated autophagy (CMA) selectively degrades proteins that are crucial for glycolysis, fatty acid metabolism, and the progression of several age-associated diseases. Several previous studies, each of which evaluated males of a single inbred mouse or rat strain, have reported that CMA declines with age in many tissues, attributed to an age-related loss of LAMP2A, the primary and indispensable component of the CMA translocation complex. This has led to a paradigm in the field of CMA research, stating that the age-associated decline in LAMP2A in turn decreases CMA, contributing to the pathogenesis of late-life disease. We assessed LAMP2A levels and CMA substrate uptake in both sexes of the genetically heterogeneous UM-HET3 mouse stock, which is the current global standard for the evaluation of anti-aging interventions. We found no evidence for age-related changes in LAMP2A levels, CMA substrate uptake, or whole liver levels of CMA degradation targets, despite identifying sex differences in CMA.


CMA: chaperone-mediated autophagy; HSC: hematopoietic stem cell; LAMP2A: splice variant A of the LAMP2 gene; mA: microautophagy; MA: macroautophagy.