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Actin filaments target the oligomeric maturation of the dynamin GTPase Drp1 to mitochondrial fission sites

  1. Wei-ke Ji
  2. Anna L Hatch
  3. Ronald A Merrill
  4. Stefan Strack
  5. Henry N Higgs  Is a corresponding author
  1. Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, United States
  2. The University of Iowa, United States
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Cite this article as: eLife 2015;4:e11553 doi: 10.7554/eLife.11553

Abstract

While the dynamin GTPase Drp1 plays a critical role during mitochondrial fission, mechanisms controlling its recruitment to fission sites are unclear. A current assumption is that cytosolic Drp1 is recruited directly to fission sites immediately prior to fission. Using live-cell microscopy, we find evidence for a different model, progressive maturation of Drp1 oligomers on mitochondria through incorporation of smaller mitochondrially-bound Drp1 units. Maturation of a stable Drp1 oligomer does not forcibly lead to fission. Inhibiting actin polymerization, myosin IIA, or the formin INF2 reduces both un-stimulated and ionomycin-induced Drp1 accumulation and mitochondrial fission. Actin filaments bind purified Drp1 and increase GTPase activity in a manner that is synergistic with the mitochondrial protein Mff, suggesting a role for direct Drp1/actin interaction. We propose that Drp1 is in dynamic equilibrium on mitochondria in a fission-independent manner, and that fission factors such as actin filaments target productive oligomerization to fission sites.

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  1. Wei-ke Ji

    Department of Biochemistry, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, United States
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  2. Anna L Hatch

    Department of Biochemistry, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, United States
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  3. Ronald A Merrill

    Department of Pharmacology, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, United States
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  4. Stefan Strack

    Department of Pharmacology, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, United States
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  5. Henry N Higgs

    Department of Biochemistry, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, United States
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  1. Pekka Lappalainen, University of Helsinki, Finland

Publication history

  1. Received: September 11, 2015
  2. Accepted: November 25, 2015
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: November 26, 2015 (version 1)
  4. Accepted Manuscript updated: November 30, 2015 (version 2)
  5. Version of Record published: February 3, 2016 (version 3)

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© 2015, Ji et al.

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