The dynamin-related GTPase Dnm1 regulates mitochondrial fission in yeast

William Bleazard, J. Michael McCaffery, Edward J. King, Susan Bale, Amy Mozdy, Quinton Tieu, Jodi Nunnari, Janet M. Shaw

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The dynamin-related GTPase Dnm1 controls mitochondrial morphology in yeast. Here we show that dnm1 mutations convert the mitochondrial compartment into a planar 'net' of interconnected tubules. We propose that this net morphology results from a defect in mitochondrial fission. Immunogold labelling localizes Dnm1 to the cytoplasmic face of constricted mitochondrial tubules that appear to be dividing and to the ends of mitochondrial tubules that appear to have recently completed division. The activity of Dnm1 is epistatic to that of Fzo1, a GTPase in the outer mitochondrial membrane that regulates mitochondrial fusion, dnm1 mutations prevent mitochondrial fragmentation in fzo1 mutant strains. These findings indicate that Dnm1 regulates mitochondrial fission assembling on the cytoplasmic face of mitochondrial tubules at sites at which division will occur.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)298-304
Number of pages7
JournalNature Cell Biology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1999


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Bleazard, W., McCaffery, J. M., King, E. J., Bale, S., Mozdy, A., Tieu, Q., Nunnari, J., & Shaw, J. M. (1999). The dynamin-related GTPase Dnm1 regulates mitochondrial fission in yeast. Nature Cell Biology, 1(5), 298-304.