Journal article

Molecular mechanism of DRP1 assembly studied in vitro by cryo-electron microscopy

Kaustuv Basu, Driss Lajoie, Tristan Aumentado-Armstrong, Jin Chen, Roman I Koning, Blaise Bossy, Mihnea Bostina, Attila Sik, Ella Bossy-Wetzel, Isabelle Rouiller

PLOS ONE | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2017

Abstract

Mitochondria are dynamic organelles that continually adapt their morphology by fusion and fission events. An imbalance between fusion and fission has been linked to major neurodegenerative diseases, including Huntington's, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's diseases. A member of the Dynamin superfamily, dynamin-related protein 1 (DRP1), a dynamin-related GTPase, is required for mitochondrial membrane fission. Self-assembly of DRP1 into oligomers in a GTP-dependent manner likely drives the division process. We show here that DRP1 self-assembles in two ways: i) in the presence of the non-hydrolysable GTP analog GMP-PNP into spiral-like structures of ~36 nm diameter; and ii) in the presence of GTP in..

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