This gene encodes a protein that regulates autophagy, a catabolic process of degradation induced by starvation. The encoded protein is a component of the phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K) complex which mediates vesicle-trafficking processes. This protein is thought to play a role in multiple cellular processes, including tumorigenesis, neurodegeneration and apoptosis. Alternative splicing results in multiple transcript variants.
Beclin 1; Coiled-Coil Myosin-Like BCL2-Interacting Protein; Beclin 1, Autophagy Related; Beclin 1 (Coiled-Coil, Moesin-Like BCL2 Interacting Protein); Beclin 1 (Coiled-Coil, Moesin-Like BCL2-Interacting Protein); ATG6 Autophagy Related 6 Homolog (S. Cerevisiae); Testis Secretory Sperm-Binding Protein Li 215e; ATG6 Autophagy Related 6 Homolog;