Drosophila phosphatidylinositol-4 kinase fwd promotes mitochondrial fission and can suppress Pink1/parkin phenotypes

Autoři: Ana Terriente-Felix aff001;  Emma L. Wilson aff002;  Alexander J. Whitworth aff001
Působiště autorů: MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom aff001;  Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom aff002
Vyšlo v časopise: Drosophila phosphatidylinositol-4 kinase fwd promotes mitochondrial fission and can suppress Pink1/parkin phenotypes. PLoS Genet 16(10): e32767. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1008844
Kategorie: Research Article
doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1008844


Balanced mitochondrial fission and fusion play an important role in shaping and distributing mitochondria, as well as contributing to mitochondrial homeostasis and adaptation to stress. In particular, mitochondrial fission is required to facilitate degradation of damaged or dysfunctional units via mitophagy. Two Parkinson’s disease factors, PINK1 and Parkin, are considered key mediators of damage-induced mitophagy, and promoting mitochondrial fission is sufficient to suppress the pathological phenotypes in Drosophila Pink1/parkin mutants. We sought additional factors that impinge on mitochondrial dynamics and which may also suppress Pink1/parkin phenotypes. We found that the Drosophila phosphatidylinositol 4-kinase IIIβ homologue, Four wheel drive (Fwd), promotes mitochondrial fission downstream of the pro-fission factor Drp1. Previously described only as male sterile, we identified several new phenotypes in fwd mutants, including locomotor deficits and shortened lifespan, which are accompanied by mitochondrial dysfunction. Finally, we found that fwd overexpression can suppress locomotor deficits and mitochondrial disruption in Pink1/parkin mutants, consistent with its function in promoting mitochondrial fission. Together these results shed light on the complex mechanisms of mitochondrial fission and further underscore the potential of modulating mitochondrial fission/fusion dynamics in the context of neurodegeneration.

Klíčová slova:

Cell fusion – Climbing – Drosophila melanogaster – Hyperexpression techniques – Immunostaining – Mitochondria – Phenotypes – RNA interference


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