Mitochondrial dynamics proteins as emerging drug targets

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Abstract

The importance of mitochondrial dynamics, the physiological process of mitochondrial fusion and fission, in regulating diverse cellular functions and cellular fitness has been well established. Several pathologies are associated with aberrant mitochondrial fusion or fission that is often a consequence of deregulated mitochondrial dynamics proteins; however, pharmacological targeting of these proteins has been lacking and is challenged by complex molecular mechanisms. Recent studies have advanced our understanding in this area and have enabled rational drug design and chemical screening strategies. We provide an updated overview of the regulatory mechanisms of fusion and fission proteins, their structure–function relationships, and the discovery of pharmacological modulators demonstrating their therapeutic potential. These advances provide exciting opportunities for the development of prototype therapeutics for various diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalTrends in Pharmacological Sciences
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • activators
  • fission
  • fusion
  • inhibitors
  • mitochondria
  • mitochondrial dynamics
  • mitochondrial structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology

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