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Author Vo, Mai-Tram ♦ Ko, Myoung Seok ♦ Lee, Unn Hwa ♦ Yoon, Eun Hye ♦ Lee, Byung Ju ♦ Cho, Wha Ja ♦ Ha, Chang Man ♦ Kim, Kyungjin ♦ Park, Jeong Woo
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES ♦ CONSUMPTION RATES ♦ FISSION ♦ MITOCHONDRIA ♦ MORPHOLOGY ♦ SWELLING
Abstract Mitochondrial dynamics, including constant fusion and fission, play critical roles in maintaining mitochondrial morphology and function. Here, we report that developmentally regulated GTP-binding protein 2 (DRG2) regulates mitochondrial morphology by modulating the expression of the mitochondrial fission gene dynamin-related protein 1 (Drp1). shRNA-mediated silencing of DRG2 induced mitochondrial swelling, whereas expression of an shRNA-resistant version of DRG2 decreased mitochondrial swelling in DRG2-depleted cells. Analysis of the expression levels of genes involved in mitochondrial fusion and fission revealed that DRG2 depletion significantly decreased the level of Drp1. Overexpression of Drp1 rescued the defect in mitochondrial morphology induced by DRG2 depletion. DRG2 depletion reduced the mitochondrial membrane potential, oxygen consumption rate (OCR), and amount of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), whereas it increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and apoptosis. Taken together, our data demonstrate that DRG2 acts as a regulator of mitochondrial fission by controlling the expression of Drp1. - Highlights: • DRG2 depletion increased mitochondrial swelling. • DRG2 depletion inhibited the expression of Drp1. • Overexpression of DRG2 or Drp1 rescued mitochondrial shape in DRG2 depleted cells. • DRG2 depletion induced mitochondrial dysfunction.
ISSN 0006291X
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2017-05-13
Publisher Place United States
Journal Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Volume Number 486
Issue Number 4


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