Chaperone-mediated autophagy protects against atherosclerosis

Julio Madrigal-Matute, Ana Maria Cuervo, Judith C. Sluimer

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Atherosclerosis, the leading cause of cardiovascular death, is driven by hyperlipidemia, inflammation and aggravated by aging. As chaperone-mediated autophagy (CMA), a selective type of lysosomal degradation for intracellular proteins, diminishes with age and is inhibited by lipid excess, we studied if the decline in CMA could contribute to atherosclerosis pathogenesis. We found that CMA declines in human and murine vasculature with disease progression. Inhibition and reactivation of CMA using transgenic mouse models establishes a protective effect of CMA against atherogenesis. CMA upregulation ameliorates both systemic metabolic parameters, and vascular cell function. Our work suggests CMA reactivation could be a viable therapeutic strategy to prevent and reduce cardiovascular disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2505-2507
Number of pages3
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2022


  • Cardiovascular disease
  • cholesterol
  • inflammation
  • insulin
  • lysosomes
  • macrophages
  • smooth muscle cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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