VDAC1 and the TSPO: Expression, Interactions, and Associated Functions in Health and Disease States
Varda Shoshan-Barmatz, Srinivas Pittala, Dario Mizrachi
Department of Life Sciences and the National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
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mitochondria, TSPO, VDAC1

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Dario Mizrachi, V. S.-B. (2019). VDAC1 and the TSPO: Expression, Interactions, and Associated Functions in Health and Disease States. Actual Problems of Applied Sciences Journal World, (6(16), 87-108. Retrieved from http://scopuseu.com/scopus/index.php/appsciences/article/view/756
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The translocator protein (TSPO), located at the outer mitochondrial membrane (OMM), serves multiple functions and contributes to numerous processes, including cholesterol import, mitochondrial metabolism, apoptosis, cell proliferation, Ca2+ signaling, oxidative stress, and inflammation. TSPO forms a complex with the voltage-dependent anion channel (VDAC), a protein that mediates the flux of ions, including Ca2+, nucleotides, and metabolites across the OMM, controls metabolism and apoptosis and interacts with many proteins. This review focuses on the two OMM proteins TSPO and VDAC1, addressing their structural interaction and associated functions. TSPO appears to be involved in the generation of reactive oxygen species, proposed to represent the link between TSPO activation and VDAC, thus playing a role in apoptotic cell death. In addition, expression of the two proteins in healthy brains and diseased states is considered, as is the relationship between TSPO and VDAC1 expression. Both proteins are over-expressed in in brains from Alzheimer’s disease patients. Finally, TSPO expression levels were proposed as a biomarker of some neuropathological settings, while TSPO-interacting ligands have been considered as a potential basis for drug development.

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