Drosophila sirt2/mammalian SIRT3 deacetylates ATP synthase β and regulates complex V activity

Motiur Rahman, Niraj K. Nirala, Alka Singh, Lihua Julie Zhu, Kaori Taguchi, Takeshi Bamba, Eiichiro Fukusaki, Leslie M. Shaw, David G. Lambright, Jairaj K. Acharya, Usha R. Acharya

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Abstract

Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) synthase β, the catalytic subunit of mitochondrial complex V, synthesizes ATP. We show that ATP synthase β is deacetylated by a human nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+)-dependent protein deacetylase, sirtuin 3, and its Drosophila melanogaster homologue, dSirt2. dsirt2 mutant flies displayed increased acetylation of specific Lys residues in ATP synthase β and decreased complex V activity. Overexpression of dSirt2 increased complex V activity. Substitution of Lys 259 and Lys 480 with Arg in human ATP synthase β, mimicking deacetylation, increased complex V activity, whereas substitution with Gln, mimicking acetylation, decreased activity. Mass spectrometry and proteomic experiments from wildtype and dsirt2 mitochondria identified the Drosophila mitochondrial acetylome and revealed dSirt2 as an important regulator of mitochondrial energy metabolism. Additionally, we unravel a ceramide-NAD+-sirtuin axis wherein increased ceramide, a sphingolipid known to induce stress responses, resulted in depletion of NAD+ and consequent decrease in sirtuin activity. These results provide insight into sirtuin-mediated regulation of complex V and reveal a novel link between ceramide and Drosophila acetylome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-305
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Cell Biology
Volume206
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Rahman, M., Nirala, N. K., Singh, A., Zhu, L. J., Taguchi, K., Bamba, T., ... Acharya, U. R. (2014). Drosophila sirt2/mammalian SIRT3 deacetylates ATP synthase β and regulates complex V activity. Journal of Cell Biology, 206(2), 289-305. https://doi.org/10.1083/jcb.201404118