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J Clin Invest. 2019 May 7;129(7):2807-2823. doi: 10.1172/JCI127277.

Drp1S600 phosphorylation regulates mitochondrial fission and progression of nephropathy in diabetic mice.

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Section of Nephrology, The University of Texas at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA.
Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA.
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA.
Department of Pediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Department of Pathology, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, The Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas, USA.


Phosphorylation of Dynamin-related protein1 (Drp1) represents an important regulatory mechanism for mitochondrial fission. Here we established the role of Drp1 Serine 600 (S600) phosphorylation on mitochondrial fission in vivo, and assessed the functional consequences of targeted elimination of the Drp1S600 phosphorylation site in progression of diabetic nephropathy (DN). We generated a knockin mouse in which S600 was mutated to alanine (Drp1S600A). We found that diabetic Drp1S600A mice exhibited improved biochemical and histological features of DN along with reduced mitochondrial fission and diminished mitochondrial ROS in vivo. Importantly, we observed that the effect of Drp1S600 phosphorylation on mitochondrial fission in the diabetic milieu was stimulus- but not cell type-dependent. Mechanistically, we showed that mitochondrial fission in high glucose conditions occurs through concomitant binding of phospho-Drp1S600 with mitochondrial fission factor (Mff) and actin-related protein 3 (Arp3), ultimately leading to accumulation of F-actin and Drp1 on the mitochondria. Taken together, these findings establish that a single phosphorylation site in Drp1 can regulate mitochondrial fission and progression of DN in vivo, and highlight the stimulus-specific consequences of Drp1S600 phosphorylation on mitochondrial dynamics.


Cytoskeleton; Diabetes; Metabolism; Mitochondria; Nephrology

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