Author(s): Roy SS, Ehrlich AM, Craigen WJ, Hajnczky G
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Abstract Truncated BID (tBID), a proapoptotic BCL2 family protein, induces BAK/BAX-dependent release of cytochrome c and other mitochondrial intermembrane proteins to the cytosol to induce apoptosis. The voltage-dependent anion channels (VDACs) are the primary gates for solutes across the outer mitochondrial membrane (OMM); however, their role in apoptotic OMM permeabilization remains controversial. Here, we report that VDAC2(-/-) (V2(-/-)) mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) are virtually insensitive to tBID-induced OMM permeabilization and apoptosis, whereas VDAC1(-/-), VDAC3(-/-) and VDAC1(-/-)/VDAC3(-/-) MEFs respond normally to tBID. V2(-/-) MEFs regain tBID sensitivity after VDAC2 expression. Furthermore, V2(-/-) MEFs are deficient in mitochondrial BAK despite normal tBID-mitochondrial binding and BAX/BAK expression. tBID sensitivity of BAK(-/-) MEFs is also reduced, although not to the same extent as V2(-/-) MEFs, which might result from their strong overexpression of BAX. Indeed, addition of recombinant BAX also sensitized V2(-/-) MEFs to tBID. Thus, VDAC2 acts as a crucial component in mitochondrial apoptosis by allowing the mitochondrial recruitment of BAK, thereby controlling tBID-induced OMM permeabilization and cell death.
This article was published in EMBO Rep
and referenced in Journal of Cancer Science & Therapy