Cooperative and independent roles of Drp1 adaptors Mff and MiD49/51 in mitochondrial fission

Laura D. Osellame, Abeer P. Singh, David A. Stroud, Catherine S. Palmer, Diana Stojanovski, Rajesh Ramachandran, Michael T. Ryan

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Cytosolic Dynamin-related protein 1 (Drp1) is required for both mitochondrial and peroxisomal fission. Drp1-dependent division of these organelles is facilitated by a number of adaptor proteins at mitochondrial and peroxisomal surfaces. To investigate the interplay of these adaptor proteins, we used gene-editing technology to create a suite of cell lines lacking adaptors MiD49, MiD51, MFF and Fis1. Increased mitochondrial connectivity was observed following loss of individual adaptors while this was further enhanced following the combined loss of MiD51 and Mff. Moreover, loss of adaptors also conferred increased resistance of cells to intrinsic apoptotic stimuli, with MiD49/MiD51 showing a more prominent role. Using a proximity-based biotin labeling approach, we found close associations between MiD51, Mff and Drp1, but not Fis1. Furthermore, we find that MiD51 can suppress Mff-dependent enhancement of Drp1 GTPase activity. Our data indicates that Mff and MiD51 regulate Drp1 in specific ways to promote mitochondrial fission.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2170-2181
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Cell Science
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Mitochondria
  • Fission
  • Dynamin-related protein 1
  • GTPase
  • Apoptosis

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