Formation of cristae and crista junctions in mitochondria depends on antagonism between Fcj1 and Su e/g

  • Crista junctions (CJs) are important for mitochondrial organization and function, but the molecular basis of their formation and architecture is obscure. We have identified and characterized a mitochondrial membrane protein in yeast, Fcj1 (formation of CJ protein 1), which is specifically enriched in CJs. Cells lacking Fcj1 lack CJs, exhibit concentric stacks of inner membrane in the mitochondrial matrix, and show increased levels of F1FO–ATP synthase (F1FO) supercomplexes. Overexpression of Fcj1 leads to increased CJ formation, branching of cristae, enlargement of CJ diameter, and reduced levels of F1FO supercomplexes. Impairment of F1FO oligomer formation by deletion of its subunits e/g (Su e/g) causes CJ diameter enlargement and reduction of cristae tip numbers and promotes cristae branching. Fcj1 and Su e/g genetically interact. We propose a model in which the antagonism between Fcj1 and Su e/g locally modulates the F1FO oligomeric state, thereby controlling membrane curvature of cristae to generate CJs and cristae tips.

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Author:Regina Rabl, Vincent Soubannier, Roland Scholz, Frank Vogel, Nadine Mendl, Andreja Vasiljev-Neumeyer, Christian Körner, Ravi Jagasia, Thomas Keil, Wolfgang BaumeisterORCiDGND, Marek Cyrklaff, Walter NeupertORCiDGND, Andreas ReichertORCiDGND
Parent Title (German):The Journal of Cell Biology
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2009
Date of first Publication:2009/06/15
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2009/12/16
First Page:1047
Last Page:1063
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Source:The Journal of Cell Biology, Vol. 185, No. 6, 1047-1063 ; Published online June 15, 2009 ; doi:10.1083/jcb.200811099 ;
Institutes:Biowissenschaften / Biowissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 57 Biowissenschaften; Biologie / 570 Biowissenschaften; Biologie
Sammlungen:Sammlung Biologie / Sondersammelgebiets-Volltexte
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