Complex formation with Ypt11p, a rab-type small GTpase, is essential to facilitate the function of Myo2p, a class V myosin, in mitochondrial distribution in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Takashi Itoh, Akiko Watabe, Akio Toh-e, Yasushi Matsui

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Abstract

We identified Ypt11p, a rab-type small GTPase, by its functional and two-hybrid interaction with Myo2p, a class V myosin of the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The tail domain of Myo2p was coimmunopre-cipitated with Ypt11p, suggesting that Yptllp forms a complex with Myo2p at its tail domain in vivo. Mutational analysis of YPT11 suggests that Myo2p is a putative effector of Ypt11p. Deletion of YPT11 induced partial delay of mitochondrial transmission to the bud, and overexpression of YPT11 resulted in mitochondrial accumulation in the bud, indicating that Ypt11p acts positively on mitochondrial distribution toward the bud. We isolated two myo2 mutants, myo2-338 and myo2-573, which showed genetic interactions with YPT11. The myo2-573 mutation, identified by a synthetic lethal interaction with ypt11-null, induced a defect in mitochondrial distribution toward the bud, indicating that Myo2p plays a crucial role in polarized distribution of mitochondria. The myo2-338 mutation was identified as the mutation that abolished the effect of overexpressed YPT11, such as the Ypt11p-dependent accumulation of mitochondria in the bud, and the affinity of Myo2p for Ypt11p was reduced. These results indicate that complex formation of Ypt11p with Myo2p accelerates the function of Myo2p for mitochondrial distribution toward the bud.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7744-7757
Number of pages14
JournalMolecular and cellular biology
Volume22
Issue number22
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Nov 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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