Isolated cytochrome c oxidase deficiency in G93A SOD1 mice overexpressing CCS protein

J Biol Chem. 2008 May 2;283(18):12267-75. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M708523200. Epub 2008 Mar 11.


G93A SOD1 transgenic mice overexpressing CCS protein develop an accelerated disease course that is associated with enhanced mitochondrial pathology and increased mitochondrial localization of mutant SOD1. Because these results suggest an effect of mutant SOD1 on mitochondrial function, we assessed the enzymatic activities of mitochondrial respiratory chain complexes in the spinal cords of CCS/G93A SOD1 and control mice. CCS/G93A SOD1 mouse spinal cord demonstrates a 55% loss of complex IV (cytochrome c oxidase) activity compared with spinal cord from age-matched non-transgenic or G93A SOD1 mice. In contrast, CCS/G93A SOD1 spinal cord shows no reduction in the activities of complex I, II, or III. Blue native gel analysis further demonstrates a marked reduction in the levels of complex IV but not of complex I, II, III, or V in spinal cords of CCS/G93A SOD1 mice compared with non-transgenic, G93A SOD1, or CCS/WT SOD1 controls. With SDS-PAGE analysis, spinal cords from CCS/G93A SOD1 mice showed significant decreases in the levels of two structural subunits of cytochrome c oxidase, COX1 and COX5b, relative to controls. In contrast, CCS/G93A SOD1 mouse spinal cord showed no reduction in levels of selected subunits from complexes I, II, III, or V. Heme A analyses of spinal cord further support the existence of cytochrome c oxidase deficiency in CCS/G93A SOD1 mice. Collectively, these results establish that CCS/G93A SOD1 mice manifest an isolated complex IV deficiency which may underlie a substantial part of mutant SOD1-induced mitochondrial cytopathy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Alanine / genetics*
  • Amino Acid Substitution*
  • Animals
  • Cytochrome-c Oxidase Deficiency / enzymology*
  • Electrophoresis, Polyacrylamide Gel
  • Glycine / genetics*
  • Heme / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Kidney / enzymology
  • Mice
  • Mice, Transgenic
  • Molecular Chaperones / metabolism*
  • Organ Specificity
  • Oxidative Phosphorylation
  • Protein Subunits / metabolism
  • Spinal Cord / enzymology
  • Superoxide Dismutase / metabolism*


  • Ccs protein, mouse
  • Molecular Chaperones
  • Protein Subunits
  • Heme
  • Superoxide Dismutase
  • Alanine
  • Glycine