The essential oxidoreductase Mia40/CHCHD4 mediates disulfide bond formation and protein folding in the mitochondrial intermembrane space. Here, we investigated the interactome of Mia40 thereby revealing links between thiol-oxidation and apoptosis, energy metabolism, and Ca(2+) signaling. Among the interaction partners of Mia40 is MICU1-the regulator of the mitochondrial Ca(2+) uniporter (MCU), which transfers Ca(2+) across the inner membrane. We examined the biogenesis of MICU1 and find that Mia40 introduces an intermolecular disulfide bond that links MICU1 and its inhibitory paralog MICU2 in a heterodimer. Absence of this disulfide bond results in increased receptor-induced mitochondrial Ca(2+) uptake. In the presence of the disulfide bond, MICU1-MICU2 heterodimer binding to MCU is controlled by Ca(2+) levels: the dimer associates with MCU at low levels of Ca(2+) and dissociates upon high Ca(2+) concentrations. Our findings support a model in which mitochondrial Ca(2+) uptake is regulated by a Ca(2+)-dependent remodeling of the uniporter complex.
Keywords: CHCHD4; Ca(2+); MCUx; MICU; Mia40; disulfide; mitochondria; redox.
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