Aliases for ULK1 Gene
External Ids for ULK1 Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for ULK1 Gene
GeneCards Summary for ULK1 Gene
ULK1 (Unc-51 Like Autophagy Activating Kinase 1) is a Protein Coding gene. Among its related pathways are Autophagy Pathway and PI3K-AKT-mTOR signaling pathway and therapeutic opportunities. GO annotations related to this gene include transferase activity, transferring phosphorus-containing groups and protein tyrosine kinase activity. An important paralog of this gene is ULK2.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for ULK1 Gene
Serine/threonine-protein kinase involved in autophagy in response to starvation. Acts upstream of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase PIK3C3 to regulate the formation of autophagophores, the precursors of autophagosomes. Part of regulatory feedback loops in autophagy: acts both as a downstream effector and negative regulator of mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) via interaction with RPTOR. Activated via phosphorylation by AMPK and also acts as a regulator of AMPK by mediating phosphorylation of AMPK subunits PRKAA1, PRKAB2 and PRKAG1, leading to negatively regulate AMPK activity. May phosphorylate ATG13/KIAA0652 and RPTOR; however such data need additional evidences. Plays a role early in neuronal differentiation and is required for granule cell axon formation. May also phosphorylate SESN2 and SQSTM1 to regulate autophagy (PubMed:25040165).