Fis1, DLP1, and Pex11p coordinately regulate peroxisome morphogenesis

Exp Cell Res. 2007 May 1;313(8):1675-86. doi: 10.1016/j.yexcr.2007.02.028. Epub 2007 Mar 12.


Dynamin-like protein 1 (DLP1) and Pex11pbeta function in morphogenesis of peroxisomes. In the present work, we investigated whether Fis1 is involved in fission of peroxisomes. Endogenous Fis1 was morphologically detected in peroxisomes as well as mitochondria in wild-type CHO-K1 and DLP1-defective ZP121 cells. Subcellular fractionation studies also revealed the presence of Fis1 in peroxisomes. Peroxisomal Fis1 showed the same topology, i.e., C-tail anchored membrane protein, as the mitochondrial one. Furthermore, ectopic expression of FIS1 induced peroxisome proliferation in CHO-K1 cells, while the interference of FIS1 RNA resulted in tubulation of peroxisomes, hence reducing the number of peroxisomes. Fis1 interacted with Pex11pbeta, by direct binding apparently involving the C-terminal region of Pex11pbeta in the interaction. Pex11pbeta also interacted with each other, whereas the binding of Pex11pbeta to DLP1 was not detectable. Moreover, ternary complexes comprising Fis1, Pex11pbeta, and DLP1 were detected by chemical cross-linking. We also showed that the highly conserved N-terminal domain of Pex11pbeta was required for the homo-oligomerization of Pex11pbeta and indispensable for the peroxisome-proliferating activity. Taken together, these findings indicate that Fis1 plays important roles in peroxisome division and maintenance of peroxisome morphology in mammalian cells, possibly in a concerted manner with Pex11pbeta and DLP1.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Cell Line
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • Cricetinae
  • Cricetulus
  • GTP Phosphohydrolases / genetics
  • GTP Phosphohydrolases / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Membrane Proteins / genetics
  • Membrane Proteins / metabolism*
  • Mitochondria / metabolism
  • Mitochondrial Proteins / genetics
  • Mitochondrial Proteins / metabolism*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Mutation
  • Peroxisomes / physiology*
  • Protein Binding
  • Protein Structure, Tertiary


  • FIS1 protein, human
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Mitochondrial Proteins
  • PEX11B protein, human
  • GTP Phosphohydrolases