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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Bertram, Clinton Cody
URN etd-10062015-120253
Title Bid Maintains Cell Viability and Homeostasis by Regulating Mitochondrial Physiology and the DNA Damage Response.
Degree PhD
Department Cell and Developmental Biology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
William P. Tansey Committee Chair
James G. Patton Committee Member
Matthew Tyska Committee Member
Sandra S Zinkel Committee Member
  • DNA damage
  • Bcl-2 family
  • metabolism
  • mitochondria
  • Apoptosis
  • Cardiolipin
Date of Defense 2015-09-08
Availability unrestricted
Proteins of the Bcl-2 family mediate apoptosis by altering mitochondrial structure, function, and integrity. However, in certain contexts, some members of the Bcl-2 family have additional, non-apoptotic functions. Bid, a BH3-only Bcl-2 family member, is a potent activator of mitochondrial apoptosis. However, Bid also preserves cell viability in conditions of replication stress by localizing to sites of DNA damage on the chromatin to facilitate signaling through the DNA damage response pathway. Using Bid deficient mice and cell lines, we investigated how the DNA damage response regulates the phosphorylation and subcellular trafficking of Bid. We demonstrate that Bid is shuttled between the nucleus and mitochondria in a time dependent manner following replication stress and that this shuttling is regulated by Crm1. We also provide evidence that chromatin localized Bid is phosphorylated. These data suggest that the DNA damage response influences the sub-cellular localization of Bid and that the phosphorylation of Bid may regulate its association with the chromatin. In addition, we explored additional, non-apoptotic functions of Bid on mitochondrial structure and physiology. Our findings indicate that Bid is essential for the maintenance of mitochondrial cristae structure, efficient respiration, cardiolipin composition, and cell viability in a manner that is independent of its apoptotic function. Furthermore, we show that Bid deficiency sensitizes mice to left ventricular cardiac dysfunction in conditions of increased cardiac stress. We also identify a significant association between BID SNPs and myocardial infarction in human patients. We also demonstrate that mitochondrial respiration is dependent on methionine 148 of Bid, a site that is mutated by one of the identified human Bid SNPs. Thus, Bid is essential for normal mitochondrial structure and physiology as well as for tolerance of the heart to acute stress.
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