Magri 2019 MiPschool Coimbra
Event: MiPschool Coimbra 2019
The Voltage Dependent Anion-selective Channel (VDAC), known also as mitochondrial porin, represents the most abundant family of pore-forming protein in the Outer Mitochondrial Membrane (OMM) of all eukaryotes. Conserved from yeast to human, VDACs play a pivotal role in the metabolic cross-talk between cytosol and mitochondria, allowing metabolites and ions exchanges through OMM, in the regulation of apoptosis and in the interaction with cytosolic proteins in both physiological and pathological conditions . In the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae the genetic inactivation of POR1 gene, encoding the main isoform VDAC1, produces defective growth in presence of non-fermentative substrate . Yeast is endowed with a second porin gene, POR2, encoding VDAC2. Despite the latter is able to form channels in artificial membrane with properties resembling VDAC1 ones , VDAC2 is not able to compensate the absence of the main isoform since it is poorly expressed . Nevertheless, VDAC1-null (Δpor1) cells are still viable. To better understand mechanisms behind this occurrence, the whole-genome expression of Δpor1 cells was characterized by microarray and the obtained data were validated by biochemical assays. Our results show that, in the absence of VDAC1, the expression of mitochondrial, but not nuclear, genes encoding oxidative phosphorylation chain subunits was completely abolished, as result of a dramatic decrease of mitochondrial DNA copies, with striking consequence for the organelle functionality. To overcome this condition, Δpor1 undergoes a complete metabolic rewiring that does not involve the activation of the retrograde response, as instead expected in case of mitochondrial dysfunction. In Δpor1, indeed, bypass pathways to target the substrates usually deployed to the mitochondria are enhanced and pyruvate is pushed towards cytosolic utilization by PDH by-pass rather than canonical mitochondrial uptake; then, units of acetyl-CoA are forwarded to the production of phospholipids, which in turn accumulate in lipid droplets, as an energy reservoir, and in the plasma membrane. Overall, our data suggest a key role of VDAC1 in the coordination of the entire cellular metabolism.
• Bioblast editor: Plangger M
Labels: MiParea: mt-Membrane, mtDNA;mt-genetics, nDNA;cell genetics
Organism: Saccharomyces cerevisiae
- Magrì A(1), Di Rosa MC(2), Orlandi I(3), Guarino F(2), Reina A(1), Messina A(1), Vai M(3), De Pinto V(2)
- Dept Biological, Geological, Environmental Sciences
- Dept Biomedical Biotechnological Sciences; Univ Catania
- Dept Biotechnologies Biosciences, Univ Milano-Bicocca; Italy. - firstname.lastname@example.org
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