Retromer is an evolutionarily conserved multiprotein complex that orchestrates the endocytic recycling of integral membrane proteins. Here, we demonstrate that retromer is also required to maintain lysosomal amino acid signaling through mTORC1 across species. Without retromer, amino acids no longer stimulate mTORC1 translocation to the lysosomal membrane, which leads to a loss of mTORC1 activity and increased induction of autophagy. Mechanistically, we show that its effect on mTORC1 activity is not linked to retromer’s role in the recycling of transmembrane proteins. Instead, retromer cooperates with the RAB7-GAP TBC1D5 to restrict late endosomal RAB7 into microdomains that are spatially separated from the amino acid–sensing domains. Upon loss of retromer, RAB7 expands into the ragulator-decorated amino acid–sensing domains and interferes with RAG-GTPase and mTORC1 recruitment. Depletion of retromer in Caenorhabditis elegans reduces mTORC1 signaling and extends the lifespan of the worms, confirming an evolutionarily conserved and unexpected role for retromer in the regulation of mTORC1 activity and longevity.
Retromer and TBC1D5 maintain late endosomal RAB7 domains to enable amino acid–induced mTORC1 signaling
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Arunas Kvainickas, Heike Nägele, Wenjing Qi, Ladislav Dokládal, Ana Jimenez-Orgaz, Luca Stehl, Dipak Gangurde, Qian Zhao, Zehan Hu, Jörn Dengjel, Claudio De Virgilio, Ralf Baumeister, Florian Steinberg; Retromer and TBC1D5 maintain late endosomal RAB7 domains to enable amino acid–induced mTORC1 signaling. J Cell Biol 2 September 2019; 218 (9): 3019–3038. doi: https://doi.org/10.1083/jcb.201812110
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