Nencki Institute Seminar

Dear All,

it is my pleasure to invite you to the next Nencki Institute Seminar on Thursday April 27th at 10 a.m. in the CN hall.

We will host Prof. Carmine Settembre, head of the Organelle homeostasis lab within the TIGEM (Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine) and University of Naples, Italy. Prof. Settembre will give a lecture entitled Selective autophagy of the Endoplasmic Reticulum: mechanisms, regulation, and therapeutic potential.



The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is the largest mammalian intramembranous organelle. Engaged in multiple core functions, it executes structural, biosynthetic and signaling roles. Hence, it is not surprising that ER dysfunction is associated with the pathogenesis of several human diseases, ranging from rare genetic disorders to metabolic syndromes and cancer. Therefore, the identification of mechanisms controlling ER function could potentially shed light on the biological processes underpinning cellular health.
Very recently, the regulation of ER size was shown to be controlled by a selective receptor-mediated form of macro-autophagy, known as ER-phagy. During ER-phagy, ER fragments are sequestered into double membrane autophagosomes and subsequently degraded by lysosomes upon autophagosome-lysosome fusion. My laboratory has demonstrated that ER-phagy exerts ER quality control functions by degrading excess/misfolded proteins that accumulate in the ER lumen. Notably, misfolded collagen molecules, which lead to Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) and Ehlers Danlos syndrome (EDS), are degraded by ER-phagy. We have discovered molecular mechanisms and signaling pathways that control ER-phagy in response to diverse metabolic, developmental, and disease-evoked responses, and by combining bioinformatic analysis with high content screening approaches we have identified novel pharmacological inducers of ER-phagy. Proof-of-concept experiments using OI and EDS animal models and patient primary cells demonstrate that pharmacological modulation of ER-phagy represents a potential novel therapeutic approach to counteract cellular dysfunction in diseases characterized by ER-dysfunction.


Please bear in mind the changed time of the seminar (10 a.m.)!


The seminar will be followed by a get together.
Aleksandra Pękowska

Date of publication
21 April 2023
Date of event
Nencki Institute