Human mitochondrial complex I assembly: A dynamic and versatile process

Nijmegen Centre for Mitochondrial Disorders, Department of Pediatrics, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Geert Grooteplein 10, 6500 HB Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (Impact Factor: 4.66). 11/2007; 1767(10):1215-27. DOI: 10.1016/j.bbabio.2007.07.008
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ABSTRACT One can but admire the intricate way in which biomolecular structures are formed and cooperate to allow proper cellular function. A prominent example of such intricacy is the assembly of the five inner membrane embedded enzymatic complexes of the mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) system, which involves the stepwise combination of >80 subunits and prosthetic groups encoded by both the mitochondrial and nuclear genomes. This review will focus on the assembly of the most complicated OXPHOS structure: complex I (NADH:ubiquinone oxidoreductase, EC Recent studies into complex I assembly in human cells have resulted in several models elucidating a thus far enigmatic process. In this review, special attention will be given to the overlap between the various assembly models proposed in different organisms. Complex I being a complicated structure, its assembly must be prone to some form of coordination. This is where chaperone proteins come into play, some of which may relate complex I assembly to processes such as apoptosis and even immunity.

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    • "The exact mechanisms of energy transduction between the redox reaction at the terminal cluster N2 and proton translocation in the membrane part are still not known. Recent studies [3] [4] have significantly improved our understanding of the structure, the proton translocation machinery [4] [5] and assembly of complex I [6] but many aspects of the enzyme's regulation require elucidation. An intriguing feature of mitochondrial complex I from several vertebrate species and yeast is the existence of two functionally and structurally different states of the enzyme: active, A-form and de-active or Biochimica et Biophysica Acta 1837 (2014) 929–939 Abbreviations: A/D, active/de-active transition; AH, amphipathic helix; BN-PAGE, blue native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis; DIGE, difference gel electrophoresis; dSDS-PAGE, double SDS-PAGE; DTT, dithiothreitol; F-NHS, fluorescein-N-hydroxysulfosuccinimide ester; hrCN-PAGE, high resolution clear native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis; LHON, Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy; MELAS, mitochondrial encephalomyopathy, lactic acidosis and stroke-like episodes; NADH, dihydronicotinamide adenine dinucleotide; NAI, N-acetylimidazole; NEM, N-ethylmaleimide; NHS, N-hydroxysuccinimide; nLC- ESI-MSMS, nano-HPLC electrospray ionisation tandem mass spectrometry; Q 1 , ubi- quinone-1,2,3-dimethoxy-5-methyl-6-(3-methyl-2-butenyl)-1,4-benzoquinone; ROS, reactive oxygen species; SMP, submitochondrial particles; TMS, transmembrane segment; TNM, tetranitromethane ⁎ Corresponding author. "
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    • "In human, the NADH dehydrogenase module (comprising notably NDUFV2/24 kD, NDUFV1/51 kD and NDUFS1/75 kD) is distinct from the hydrogenase module (comprising notably NDUFS3/Nd9, NDUFS2/ Nd7, NDUFS7/PSTT, NDUFS8/TYKY) and these two fractions (fractions FP and IP, respectively, e.g. Sazanov et al., 2000) are assembled separately (Antonicka et al., 2003; Vogel et al., 2007). In NUO7 and NUO9 knockdown Chlamydomonas mutants, while we found the soluble ~200 kD NADH dehydrogenase activity along with the 75 kD (NDUFS1) subunit detected in membrane extract (data not shown), subunits NDUFS7/ PSTT and NDUFS8/TYKY of the hydrogenase module are absent. "
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    • "In control cells, NDUFA4 never occurred in positions where CI migrates alone; on the contrary, it always comigrated with CIV subunits, either at positions where CIV migrates alone, or assembled in supercomplex I+III 2 +IV n . Moreover , in CI KO samples, where only four of the CI subunits are detected (NDUFS7, NDUFS3, NDUFA8, and ND1—comigrating in a previously described subcomplex [Vogel et al., 2007]), NDUFA4 was still present and comigrated with CIV. In contrast, in CIV KO cells, NDUFA4 was deleted, together with all CIV proteins (Figure 1A). "
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