Mitochondrial chaperone trap1 and the calcium binding protein sorcin interact and protect cells against apoptosis induced by antiblastic agents

Matteo Landriscina, Gabriella Laudiero, Francesca Maddalena, Maria Rosaria Amoroso, Annamaria Piscazzi, Flora Cozzolino, Maria Monti, Corrado Garbi, Alberto Fersini, Piero Pucci, Franca Esposito

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TRAP1, a mitochondrial chaperone (Hsp75) with antioxidant and antiapoptotic functions, is involved in multidrug resistance in human colorectal carcinoma cells. Through a proteomic analysis of TRAP1 coimmunoprecipitation complexes, the Ca2+-binding protein Sorcin was identified as a new TRAP1 interactor. This result prompted us to investigate the presence and role of Sorcin in mitochondria from human colon carcinoma cells. Using fluorescence microscopy and Western blot analysis of purified mitochondria and submitochondrial fractions, we showed the mitochondrial localization of an isoform of Sorcin with an electrophoretic motility lower than 20 kDa that specifically interacts with TRAP1. Furthermore, the effects of overexpressing or downregulating Sorcin and/or TRAP1 allowed us to demonstrate a reciprocal regulation between these two proteins and to show that their interaction is required for Sorcin mitochondrial localization and TRAP1 stability. Indeed, the depletion of TRAP1 by short hairpin RNA in colorectal carcinoma cells lowered Sorcin levels in mitochondria, whereas the depletion of Sorcin by small interfering RNA increased TRAP1 degradation. We also report several lines of evidence suggesting that intramitochondrial Sorcin plays a role in TRAP1 cytoprotection. Finally, preliminary evidence that TRAP1 and Sorcin are both implicated in multidrug resistance and are coupregulated in human colorectal carcinomas is provided. These novel findings highlight a new role for Sorcin, suggesting that some of its previously reported cytoprotective functions may be explained by involvement in mitochondrial metabolism through the TRAP1 pathway.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6577-6586
Number of pages10
JournalCancer Research
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - Aug 15 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology
  • Medicine(all)


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