Compartmentalized cAMP signaling regulates mitochondrial dynamics, morphology, and oxidative phosphorylation. However, regulators of the mitochondrial cAMP pathway, and its broad impact on organelle function, remain to be explored. Here, we report that Drosophila Prune is a cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterase that localizes to the mitochondrial matrix. Knocking down prune in cultured cells reduces mitochondrial transcription factor A (TFAM) and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) levels. Our data suggest that Prune stabilizes TFAM and promotes mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) replication through downregulation of mitochondrial cAMP signaling. In addition, our work demonstrates the prevalence of mitochondrial cAMP signaling in metazoan and its new role in mitochondrial biogenesis.
Zhang, F., Qi, Y., Zhou, K., Zhang, G., Linask, K., & Xu, H. (2015). The cAMP phosphodiesterase Prune localizes to the mitochondrial matrix and promotes mt DNA replication by stabilizing TFAM . EMBO Reports, 16(4), 520–527. https://doi.org/10.15252/embr.201439636