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Cardiolipin targets a dynamin related protein to the nuclear membrane

  1. Usha Pallabi Kar
  2. Himani Dey
  3. Abdur Rahaman  Is a corresponding author
  1. National Institute of Science Education and Research-HBNI, India
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Cite this article as: eLife 2021;10:e64416 doi: 10.7554/eLife.64416


Dynamins are targeted to specific cellular membranes that they remodel via membrane fusion or fission. The molecular basis of conferring specificity to dynamins for their target membrane selection is not known. Here, we report a mechanism of nuclear membrane recruitment of Drp6, a dynamin member in Tetrahymena thermophila. Recruitment of Drp6 depends on a domain that binds to cardiolipin-rich bilayers. Consistent with this, nuclear localization of Drp6 was inhibited either by depleting cellular cardiolipin (CL) or by substituting a single amino acid residue that abolished Drp6 interactions with CL. Inhibition of CL synthesis, or perturbation in Drp6 recruitment to nuclear membrane, caused defects in the formation of new macronuclei post-conjugation. Taken together, our results elucidate a molecular basis of target membrane selection by a nuclear dynamin, and establish the importance of a defined membrane-binding domain and its target lipid in facilitating nuclear expansion.

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  1. Usha Pallabi Kar

    School of Biological Sciences, National Institute of Science Education and Research-HBNI, Bhubaneswar, India
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  2. Himani Dey

    School of Biological Sciences, National Institute of Science Education and Research-HBNI, Bhubaneswar, India
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  3. Abdur Rahaman

    School of Biological Sciences, National Institute of Science Education and Research-HBNI, Bhubaneswar, India
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Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, India (BT/PR14643/BRB/10/862/2010)

  • Abdur Rahaman

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  1. Vivek Malhotra, The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology, Spain

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  1. Received: October 29, 2020
  2. Accepted: March 3, 2021
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: March 4, 2021 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: March 9, 2021 (version 2)


© 2021, Kar et al.

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