Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.344, No.2, 500-510, 2006
The atypical Rho GTPases Miro-1 and Miro-2 have essential roles in mitochondrial trafficking
We recently described the atypical Rho GTPases Miro-1 and Miro-2. These proteins have tandem GTP-binding domains separated by a linker region with putative calcium-binding motives. In addition, the Miro GTPases have a C-terminal transmembrane domain, which confers targeting to the mitochondria. It was reported previously that a constitutively active mutant of Miro-1 induced a clustering of the mitochondria. This response can be separated into two distinct phenotypes: a formation of aggregated mitochondria and the appearance of thread-like mitochondria probably caused by defects in mitochondrial trafficking. The first GTPase domain is required for the clustering of the mitochondria, but the effect is not dependent on the EF-hands. Miro-2 only induces aggregation and not the formation of thread-like mitochondria. Moreover, we show that Miro interacts with the Kinesin-binding proteins, GRIF-1 and OIP106, suggesting that the Miro GTPases form a link between the mitochondria and the trafficking apparatus of the microtubules. (c) 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.