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Structures reveal gatekeeping of the mitochondrial Ca2+ uniporter by MICU1-MICU2

  1. Chongyuan Wang
  2. Agata Jacewicz
  3. Bryce D Delgado
  4. Rozbeh Baradaran
  5. Stephen Barstow Long  Is a corresponding author
  1. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, United States
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Cite this article as: eLife 2020;9:e59991 doi: 10.7554/eLife.59991

Abstract

The mitochondrial calcium uniporter is a Ca2+-gated ion channel complex that controls mitochondrial Ca2+ entry and regulates cell metabolism. MCU and EMRE form the channel while Ca2+-dependent regulation is conferred by MICU1 and MICU2 through an enigmatic process. We present a cryo-EM structure of an MCU-EMRE-MICU1-MICU2 holocomplex comprising MCU and EMRE subunits from the beetle Tribolium castaneum in complex with a human MICU1-MICU2 heterodimer at 3.3 Å resolution. With analogy to how neuronal channels are blocked by protein toxins, a uniporter interaction domain on MICU1 binds to a channel receptor site comprising MCU and EMRE subunits to inhibit ion flow under resting Ca2+ conditions. A Ca2+-bound structure of MICU1-MICU2 at 3.1 Å resolution indicates how Ca2+-dependent changes enable dynamic response to cytosolic Ca2+ signals.

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  1. Chongyuan Wang

    Structural Biology Program, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, United States
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  2. Agata Jacewicz

    Structural Biology Program, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, United States
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  3. Bryce D Delgado

    Structural Biology Program, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, United States
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  4. Rozbeh Baradaran

    Structural Biology Program, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, United States
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  5. Stephen Barstow Long

    Structural Biology Program, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, United States
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National Institute of General Medical Sciences (R35GM131921)

  • Stephen Barstow Long

National Cancer Institute (P30CA008748)

  • Stephen Barstow Long

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (5T32GM008539)

  • Bryce D Delgado

The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.

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  1. Kenton J Swartz, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, United States

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  1. Received: June 13, 2020
  2. Accepted: July 14, 2020
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: July 15, 2020 (version 1)
  4. Accepted Manuscript updated: July 23, 2020 (version 2)

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© 2020, Wang et al.

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