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Department of Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology

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Cell Biology | Cellular and Molecular Physiology | Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience


A wide range of Ca(2+)-mediated functions are enabled by the dynamic properties of Ca(2+), all of which are dependent on the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and mitochondria. Disrupted-in-schizophrenia 1 (DISC1) is a scaffold protein that is involved in the function of intracellular organelles and is linked to cognitive and emotional deficits. Here, we demonstrate that DISC1 localizes to the mitochondria-associated ER membrane (MAM). At the MAM, DISC1 interacts with IP3R1 and downregulates its ligand binding, modulating ER-mitochondria Ca(2+) transfer through the MAM. The disrupted regulation of Ca(2+) transfer caused by DISC1 dysfunction leads to abnormal Ca(2+) accumulation in mitochondria following oxidative stress, which impairs mitochondrial functions. DISC1 dysfunction alters corticosterone-induced mitochondrial Ca(2+) accumulation in an oxidative stress-dependent manner. Together, these findings link stress-associated neural stimuli with intracellular ER-mitochondria Ca(2+) crosstalk via DISC1, providing mechanistic insight into how environmental risk factors can be interpreted by intracellular pathways under the control of genetic components in neurons.


Ca(2+), DISC1, IP(3)R1, MAM, mitochondria, oxidative stress

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Cell Rep. 2017 Dec 5;21(10):2748-2759. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2017.11.043. Link to article on publisher's site

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Cell reports

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