Cytosolic BNIP3 Dimer Interacts with Mitochondrial BAX Forming Heterodimers in the Mitochondrial Outer Membrane under Basal Conditions

Autor(en): Hendgen-Cotta, Ulrike B.
Esfeld, Sonja
Rudi, Katharina
Miinalainen, Ilkka
Klare, Johann P.
Rassaf, Tienush
Stichwörter: APOPTOSIS; BAX; BCL-2; Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; BNIP3; CARDIOPROTECTION; cell death; CELL-DEATH; Chemistry; Chemistry, Multidisciplinary; DYSFUNCTION; EXPRESSION; heterodimerization; homodimerization; HYPOXIA; mitochondria; MYOCARDIAL-ISCHEMIA; PROTEIN; UP-REGULATION
Erscheinungsdatum: 2017
Herausgeber: MDPI
Volumen: 18
Ausgabe: 4
The primary function of mitochondria is energy production, a task of particular importance especially for cells with a high energy demand like cardiomyocytes. The B-cell lymphoma (BCL-2) family member BCL-2 adenovirus E1B 19 kDa-interacting protein 3 (BNIP3) is linked to mitochondrial targeting after homodimerization, where it functions in inner membrane depolarization and permeabilization of the mitochondrial outer membrane (MOM) mediating cell death. We investigated the basal distribution of cardiac BNIP3 in vivo and its physical interaction with the pro-death protein BCL2 associated X, apoptosis regulator (BAX) and with mitochondria using immunoblot analysis, co-immunoprecipitation, and continuous wave and pulsed electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy techniques. We found that BNIP3 is present as a dimer in the cytosol and in the outer membrane of cardiac mitochondria under basal conditions. It forms disulfide-bridged, but mainly non-covalent dimers in the cytosol. Heterodimers with BAX are formed exclusively in the MOM. Furthermore, our results suggest that BNIP3 interacts with the MOM directly via mitochondrial BAX. However, the physical interactions with BAX and the MOM did not affect the membrane potential and cell viability. These findings suggest that another stimulus other than the mere existence of the BNIP3/BAX dimer in the MOM is required to promote BNIP3 cell-death activity; this could be a potential disturbance of the BNIP3 distribution homeostasis, namely in the direction of the mitochondria.
ISSN: 14220067
DOI: 10.3390/ijms18040687

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