• Media type: E-Article
  • Title: The mycotoxin phomoxanthone A disturbs the form and function of the inner mitochondrial membrane
  • Contributor: Böhler, Philip; Stuhldreier, Fabian; Anand, Ruchika; Kondadi, Arun Kumar; Schlütermann, David; Berleth, Niklas; Deitersen, Jana; Wallot-Hieke, Nora; Wu, Wenxian; Frank, Marian; Niemann, Hendrik; Wesbuer, Elisabeth; Barbian, Andreas; Luyten, Tomas; Parys, Jan B.; Weidtkamp-Peters, Stefanie; Borchardt, Andrea; Reichert, Andreas S.; Peña-Blanco, Aida; García-Sáez, Ana J.; Itskanov, Samuel; van der Bliek, Alexander M.; Proksch, Peter; Wesselborg, Sebastian;
  • imprint: Springer Science and Business Media LLC, 2018
  • Published in: Cell Death & Disease
  • Language: English
  • DOI: 10.1038/s41419-018-0312-8
  • ISSN: 2041-4889
  • Keywords: Cancer Research ; Cell Biology ; Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience ; Immunology
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  • Description: <jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>Mitochondria are cellular organelles with crucial functions in the generation and distribution of ATP, the buffering of cytosolic Ca<jats:sup>2+</jats:sup> and the initiation of apoptosis. Compounds that interfere with these functions are termed mitochondrial toxins, many of which are derived from microbes, such as antimycin A, oligomycin A, and ionomycin. Here, we identify the mycotoxin phomoxanthone A (PXA), derived from the endophytic fungus <jats:italic>Phomopsis longicolla</jats:italic>, as a mitochondrial toxin. We show that PXA elicits a strong release of Ca<jats:sup>2+</jats:sup> from the mitochondria but not from the ER. In addition, PXA depolarises the mitochondria similarly to protonophoric uncouplers such as CCCP, yet unlike these, it does not increase but rather inhibits cellular respiration and electron transport chain activity. The respiration-dependent mitochondrial network structure rapidly collapses into fragments upon PXA treatment. Surprisingly, this fragmentation is independent from the canonical mitochondrial fission and fusion mediators DRP1 and OPA1, and exclusively affects the inner mitochondrial membrane, leading to cristae disruption, release of pro-apoptotic proteins, and apoptosis. Taken together, our results suggest that PXA is a mitochondrial toxin with a novel mode of action that might prove a useful tool for the study of mitochondrial ion homoeostasis and membrane dynamics.</jats:p>
  • Access State: Open Access