Inner mitochondrial membrane protein MPV17 mutant mice display increased myocardial injury after ischemia/reperfusion

Ngonidzashe B. Madungwe, Yansheng Feng, Abdulhafiz Imam Aliagan, Nathalie Tombo, Ferdinand Kaya, Jean C. Bopassa

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MPV17 is an inner mitochondrial membrane protein whose mutation results in mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) depletion diseases such as neurohepatopathy. MPV17 is expressed in several organs including the liver and kidneys. Here, we investigated its role and mechanism of action in cardiac ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. Using isolated hearts from wild type and Mpv17 mutant (Mpv17mut) mice, we found that mtDNA levels and normal cardiac function were similar between the groups. Furthermore, reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation, mitochondrial morphology, and calcium levels required to trigger mitochondrial permeability transition pore (mPTP) opening were all similar in normal/non-ischemic animals. However, following I/R, we found that mutant mice had poorer cardiac functional recovery and exhibited more mitochondrial structural damage. We also found that after I/R, Mpv17mutheart mitochondria did not produce more ROS than wild type hearts but that calcium retention capacity was gravely compromised. Using immunoprecipitation and mass spectrometry, we identified ATP synthase, Cyclophilin D, MIC60 and GRP75 as proteins critical to mitochondrial cristae organization and calcium handling that interact with MPV17, and this interaction is reduced by I/R. Together our results suggest that MPV17 has a protective function in the heart and is necessary for recovery following insults to the heart.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3412-3428
Number of pages17
JournalAmerican Journal of Translational Research
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Ischemia/reperfusion
  • MPTP opening
  • MPV17
  • Mitochondrial DNA
  • Mitochondrial calcium retention capacity
  • Mitochondrial inner membrane proteins
  • Reactive oxygen species

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cancer Research


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