Regulation of the H+-ATP synthase by IF1: a role in mitohormesis
Mitochondrial ATP synthase is a motor enzyme in which a central shaft rotates in the stator casings fixed with the peripheral stator stalk. When expression of d-subunit, a stator stalk component, was knocked-down, human cells could not form ATP synthase holocomplex and instead accumulated two subcomplexes, one containing a central rotor shaft plus catalytic subunits (F1-c-ring) and the other containing stator stalk components ("b-e-g" complex). F1-c-ring was also formed when expression of mitochondrial DNA-coded a-subunit and A6L was suppressed. Thus, the central rotor shaft and the stator stalk are formed separately and they assemble later. Similar assembly strategy has been known for ATP synthase of yeast and Escherichia coli and could be common to all organisms.