A Small Molecule Inhibitor of Redox-Regulated Protein Translocation into Mitochondria

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA.
Developmental Cell (Impact Factor: 9.71). 04/2013; 25(1):81-92. DOI: 10.1016/j.devcel.2013.03.006
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ABSTRACT The mitochondrial disulfide relay system of Mia40 and Erv1/ALR facilitates import of the small translocase of the inner membrane (Tim) proteins and cysteine-rich proteins. A chemical screen identified small molecules that inhibit Erv1 oxidase activity, thereby facilitating dissection of the disulfide relay system in yeast and vertebrate mitochondria. One molecule, mitochondrial protein import blockers from the Carla Koehler laboratory (MitoBloCK-6), attenuated the import of Erv1 substrates into yeast mitochondria and inhibited oxidation of Tim13 and Cmc1 in in vitro reconstitution assays. In addition, MitoBloCK-6 revealed an unexpected role for Erv1 in the carrier import pathway, namely transferring substrates from the translocase of the outer membrane complex onto the small Tim complexes. Cardiac development was impaired in MitoBloCK-6-exposed zebrafish embryos. Finally, MitoBloCK-6 induced apoptosis via cytochrome c release in human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) but not in differentiated cells, suggesting an important role for ALR in hESC homeostasis.

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    • "When all four cysteine residues were converted to serines (C–S) no interaction was seen with Mia40 and no localization to mitochondria was seen (Fig. 4C). MitoBloCK-6 has been shown to be a selective inhibitor of the Mia40/Erv1 pathway (Dabir et al., 2013). To evaluate whether MNRR1 is imported via this pathway, 293 cells were co-transfected with a Flag-tagged expression plasmid for MNRR1 and an HA-tagged expression plasmid for Akt. "
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    • "Human patients with a homozygous mutation in Erv1/ALR exhibit respiratory-chain deficiency, myopathy, congenital cataract, sensorineural hearing loss, and delayed development [59, 91] (Figure 4). In zebrafish the formation of heart and liver is impaired upon chemical inhibition or silencing of Erv1/ALR [78, 79]. In addition, chemical inhibition of Erv1/ALR induces apoptosis in human embryonic stem cells [79]. "
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