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The Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)-Associated Protein SWIB5 Influences mtDNA Architecture and Homologous Recombination

  • Jonas Blomme
  • Olivier Van Aken
  • Jelle Van Leene
  • Teddy Jégu
  • Riet Maria De Rycke
  • Michiel De Bruyne
  • Jasmien Vercruysse
  • Jonah Nolf
  • Twiggy Van Daele
  • Liesbeth De Milde
  • Mattias Vermeersch
  • Catherine Colas des Francs-Small
  • Geert De Jaeger
  • Moussa Benhamed
  • A. Harvey Millar
  • Dirk Inzé
  • Nathalie Gonzalez
Publishing year: 2017-05
Language: English
Pages: 1137-1156
Publication/Series: Plant Cell
Volume: 29
Issue: 5
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: American Society of Plant Biologists

Abstract english

In addition to the nucleus, mitochondria and chloroplasts in plant cells also contain genomes. Efficient DNA repair pathways are crucial in these organelles to fix damage resulting from endogenous and exogenous factors. Plant organellar genomes are complex compared to their animal counterparts and although several plant-specific mediators of organelle DNA repair have been reported, many regulators remain to be identified. Here, we show that a mitochondrial SWI/SNF (nucleosome remodeling) complex B protein, SWIB5, is capable of associating with mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) in Arabidopsis thaliana. Gain- and loss-of-function mutants provided evidence for a role of SWIB5 in influencing mtDNA architecture and homologous recombination at specific intermediate-sized repeats both under normal and genotoxic conditions. SWIB5 interacts with other mitochondrial SWIB proteins. Gene expression and mutant phenotypic analysis of SWIB5 and SWIB family members suggests a link between organellar genome maintenance and cell proliferation. Taken together, our work presents a protein family that influences mtDNA architecture and homologous recombination in plants and suggests a link between organelle functioning and plant development.


  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


  • ISSN: 1040-4651
Olivier van Aken
E-mail: olivier [dot] van_aken [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

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Molecular Cell Biology

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Plant Biology



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