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Aliases GABARAP, ATG8A, GABARAP-a, MM46, GABA type A receptor-associated protein
External IDs MGI: 1861742 HomoloGene: 134119 GeneCards: GABARAP
Gene location (Human)
Chromosome 17 (human)
Chr. Chromosome 17 (human)[1]
Chromosome 17 (human)
Genomic location for GABARAP
Genomic location for GABARAP
Band 17p13.1 Start 7,240,014 bp[1]
End 7,242,770 bp[1]
RNA expression pattern
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Species Human Mouse
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Location (UCSC) Chr 17: 7.24 – 7.24 Mb Chr 17: 69.99 – 69.99 Mb
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Gamma-aminobutyric acid receptor-associated protein is a protein that in humans is encoded by the GABARAP gene.[5]


Gamma-aminobutyric acid A receptors [GABA(A) receptors] are ligand-gated chloride channels that mediate inhibitory neurotransmission. This gene encodes GABA(A) receptor-associated protein, which is highly positively charged in its N-terminus and shares sequence similarity with light chain-3 of microtubule-associated proteins 1A and 1B. This protein clusters neurotransmitter receptors by mediating interaction with the cytoskeleton.[6]

Moreover, GABARAP has an important function in autophagosome mediated autophagy, since it is crucial for autophagosome formation and sequestration of cytosolic cargo into double-membrane vesicles, leading to subsequent degradation after fusion with lysosomes.[7] In addition, GABARAP can mediate selective autophagy because it binds to so-called autophagic receptors (e.g. p62, NBr1), which bind and recruit specific cargo.


GABARAP has been shown to interact with TFRC,[8] ULK1[9][10] and GABRG2.[5][11][12]


  1. ^ a b c GRCh38: Ensembl release 89: ENSG00000170296 - Ensembl, May 2017
  2. ^ a b c GRCm38: Ensembl release 89: ENSMUSG00000018567 - Ensembl, May 2017
  3. ^ "Human PubMed Reference:". 
  4. ^ "Mouse PubMed Reference:". 
  5. ^ a b Wang H, Bedford FK, Brandon NJ, Moss SJ, Olsen RW (Jan 1999). "GABA(A)-receptor-associated protein links GABA(A) receptors and the cytoskeleton". Nature. 397 (6714): 69–72. PMID 9892355. doi:10.1038/16264. 
  6. ^ "Entrez Gene: GABARAP GABA(A) receptor-associated protein". 
  7. ^ Szalai P, Hagen LK, Sætre F, Luhr M, Sponheim M, Øverbye A, Mills IG, Seglen PO, Engedal N (2015). "Autophagic bulk sequestration of cytosolic cargo is independent of LC3, but requires GABARAPs". Experimental Cell Research. 333 (1): 21–38. PMID 25684710. doi:10.1016/j.yexcr.2015.02.003. 
  8. ^ Green F, O'Hare T, Blackwell A, Enns CA (May 2002). "Association of human transferrin receptor with GABARAP". FEBS Letters. 518 (1-3): 101–106. PMID 11997026. doi:10.1016/S0014-5793(02)02655-8. 
  9. ^ Ewing RM, Chu P, Elisma F, Li H, Taylor P, Climie S, McBroom-Cerajewski L, Robinson MD, O'Connor L, Li M, Taylor R, Dharsee M, Ho Y, Heilbut A, Moore L, Zhang S, Ornatsky O, Bukhman YV, Ethier M, Sheng Y, Vasilescu J, Abu-Farha M, Lambert JP, Duewel HS, Stewart II, Kuehl B, Hogue K, Colwill K, Gladwish K, Muskat B, Kinach R, Adams SL, Moran MF, Morin GB, Topaloglou T, Figeys D. "Large-scale mapping of human protein-protein interactions by mass spectrometry". Molecular Systems Biology. 3 (1): 89. PMC 1847948Freely accessible. PMID 17353931. doi:10.1038/msb4100134. 
  10. ^ Okazaki N, Yan J, Yuasa S, Ueno T, Kominami E, Masuho Y, Koga H, Muramatsu M (Dec 2000). "Interaction of the Unc-51-like kinase and microtubule-associated protein light chain 3 related proteins in the brain: possible role of vesicular transport in axonal elongation". Brain Research. Molecular Brain Research. 85 (1-2): 1–12. PMID 11146101. doi:10.1016/S0169-328X(00)00218-7. 
  11. ^ Nymann-Andersen J, Wang H, Chen L, Kittler JT, Moss SJ, Olsen RW (Mar 2002). "Subunit specificity and interaction domain between GABA(A) receptor-associated protein (GABARAP) and GABA(A) receptors". Journal of Neurochemistry. 80 (5): 815–823. PMID 11948245. doi:10.1046/j.0022-3042.2002.00762.x. 
  12. ^ Coyle JE, Qamar S, Rajashankar KR, Nikolov DB (Jan 2002). "Structure of GABARAP in two conformations: implications for GABA(A) receptor localization and tubulin binding". Neuron. 33 (1): 63–74. PMID 11779480. doi:10.1016/S0896-6273(01)00558-X. 

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