The deletion of BNIP3L results in retention of mitochondria during lens fiber cell remodeling, and that deletion of BNIP3L also results in the retention of endoplasmic reticulum and Golgi apparatus. BNIP3L localizes to the endoplasmic reticulum and Golgi apparatus of wild-type newborn mouse lenses and is contained within mitochondria, endoplasmic reticulum and Golgi apparatus isolated from adult mouse liver. As the cells become packed with keratin bundles, Bnip3L expression triggers mitophagy to rid the cells of the last remaining 'living' characteristic, thus completing the march from 'living' to 'dead' within the hair follicle. during retinal development tissue hypoxia triggers HIF1A/HIF-1 stabilization, resulting in increased expression of the mitophagy receptor BNIP3L/NIX. BNIP3L-dependent mitophagy results in a metabolic shift toward glycolysis essential for RGC neurogenesis. BNIP3L could be a potential therapeutic target for ischemic stroke
BCL2/adenovirus E1B 19kDa interacting protein 3-like
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