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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2017, 18(1), 144; doi:10.3390/ijms18010144

Drp1-Dependent Mitochondrial Fission Plays Critical Roles in Physiological and Pathological Progresses in Mammals

Collaborative Innovation Center for Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Diseases, State Key Laboratory for Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine, First Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editors: Anthony Lemarié and Katalin Prokai-Tatrai
Received: 25 October 2016 / Revised: 28 December 2016 / Accepted: 9 January 2017 / Published: 13 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Molecular Pathology, Diagnostics, and Therapeutics)
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Current research has demonstrated that mitochondrial morphology, distribution, and function are maintained by the balanced regulation of mitochondrial fission and fusion, and perturbation of the homeostasis between these processes has been related to cell or organ dysfunction and abnormal mitochondrial redistribution. Abnormal mitochondrial fusion induces the fragmentation of mitochondria from a tubular morphology into pieces; in contrast, perturbed mitochondrial fission results in the fusion of adjacent mitochondria. A member of the dynamin family of large GTPases, dynamin-related protein 1 (Drp1), effectively influences cell survival and apoptosis by mediating the mitochondrial fission process in mammals. Drp1-dependent mitochondrial fission is an intricate process regulating both cellular and organ dynamics, including development, apoptosis, acute organ injury, and various diseases. Only after clarification of the regulative mechanisms of this critical protein in vivo and in vitro will it set a milestone for preventing mitochondrial fission related pathological processes and refractory diseases. View Full-Text
Keywords: dynamin-related protein 1; mitochondria; fission; fusion; mammal dynamin-related protein 1; mitochondria; fission; fusion; mammal

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Hu, C.; Huang, Y.; Li, L. Drp1-Dependent Mitochondrial Fission Plays Critical Roles in Physiological and Pathological Progresses in Mammals. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2017, 18, 144.

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