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VDAC1 (voltage-dependent anion channel 1)

Written2012-03Varda Shoshan-Barmatz, Dario Mizrachi
Department of Life Sciences, the National Institute for Biotechnology in the Neguev (NIBN), Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel

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Alias_symbol (synonym)MGC111064
Other aliasVDAC-1
LocusID (NCBI) 7416
Atlas_Id 50902
Location 5q31.1  [Link to chromosome band 5q31]
Location_base_pair Starts at 133971875 and ends at 134005133 bp from pter ( according to hg19-Feb_2009)  [Mapping VDAC1.png]
Fusion genes
(updated 2016)
LOC100507412 (-) / VDAC1 (5q31.1)RASA1 (5q14.3) / VDAC1 (5q31.1)VDAC1 (5q31.1) / SKP1 (5q31.1)


Description The gene encompasses over 33 kb of DNA; 9 exons.
Transcription There are 3 splice variants reported but they all encode the same 282 amino acids protein. One transcript variant has an mRNA product length of 1993 bp (accession number: NM_003374). Processed length 852 bp.


Description Voltage-dependent anion-selective channel protein 1 (VDAC1, accession number: NP_003365.1) encodes for a protein product length of 283. VDAC1 regulates the flux of mostly anionic metabolites through the outer mitochondrial membrane, which is highly permeable to small molecules. VDAC is the most abundant protein in the outer membrane. Changes in membrane potentials can switch VDAC between open or high-conducting and closed or low-conducting forms.
  Schematic representation of VDAC1 inserted in the membrane. The image was prepared using the crystal structure of mouse VDAC1, PDB ID 3emn (PDB).
Expression Mitochondrial porins have been found in all eukaryotic cells studied to date. In mammalian tissues VDAC1 is expressed in many normal and tumour tissues. It has been well characterized in brain, heart, skeletal muscle, and liver. Human cancer cell lines express higher VDAC1 levels than normal cells (Shinohara et al., 2000; Sinamura et al., 2006; Sinamura et al., 2008).
Localisation Primarily in the Outer Mitochondrial Membrane (OMM), but in erythrocytes cell death events (eryptosis) it has been found in the plasma membrane (Sridharan et al., 2012).
Function VDAC1, located at the OMM, is a key protein in regulating the exchange of ions, nucleotides and a variety of metabolites in and out of the mitochondria. As such, VDAC1 serves a crucial role in cellular energy maintenance. It provides a permeation pathway for metabolites and mobile ions between the cytosol and mitochondria. VDACs are also involved in cell death by interacting with apoptotic proteins and releasing apoptotic metabolites to the cytosol.
Protein modifications. VDAC1 has been shown to be phosphorylated in multiple sites: serine, threonine, and tyrosine. Some candidate kinases have been suggested: GSK3, CaM-II, CKI, PKA, PKC, cdc2, p38MAPK, Nek1, EGFR, and SRC. Following reconstitution of VDAC1 into planar lipid bilayers, phosphorylation by PKA reduces the channel current. In rat liver OMM the N-terminal methionine from VDAC1 is removed and the new amino terminal alanine is acetylated. Two separate studies demonstrated that VDAC1 was multiply acetylated in mouse liver, each study reported different sites. VDAC1 is ubiquitinated following mitochondrial depolarization (Narendra et al., 2010).
Protein interactions. Localization of VDAC1 to the OMM makes it a functional anchor point for molecules that interact with the mitochondria. VDAC1 displays binding sites for glycerol kinase, hexokinase (HK), creatine kinase, mitochondrial creatine kinase (MtCK) (interacts with VDAC1 competing with HK and Bax). VDAC also forms complexes with other proteins, such as the ANT, the peripheral benzodiazepine receptor (TSPO), tubulin, the dynein light chain, mtHSP70, the ORDIC channel, glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate dehydrogenase, actin and gelsolin, as well as with apoptosis-regulating proteins, such as members of the Bcl-2 family.
VDAC1 oligomerization. VDAC1 has been shown to assemble into dimers, trimers, tetramers, and higher oligomeric states in a dynamic process, including the VDAC1 purified from liver mitochondria, recombinant human VDAC, and liver or brain mitochondrion-embedded VDAC1. The supramolecular organization of VDAC1 has also been demonstrated using Atomic Force Microscope. Oligomeric assembly of VDAC1 has been shown to be coupled to apoptosis induction, with oligomerization increasing substantially upon apoptosis induction and inhibited by apoptosis blockers.
N-terminal domain. The N-terminus of VDAC1 is 25 amino acids long, and contains an alpha helix (between residues 5-16). In recently published 3-D structures the N-terminus resides within the pore; independent studies show that it could move out of the pore. The N-terminal α-helical segment is proposed to be involved in channel gating, where it could be acting as the voltage sensor and possibly regulating the conductance of ions and metabolites through the VDAC1 pore. VDAC1-N-terminus is required for apoptosis induction, its interaction with HK-I and Bcl2 has a protective effect against apoptosis (Arbel and Shoshan-Barmatz, 2009).
Homology In higher eukaryotes, three VDAC isoforms have been characterized: VDAC1, VDAC2 and VDAC3, encoded by three separate genes. VDACs are highly conserved across species. VDAC1 is the most abundant isoform in most cells, being ten times more prevalent than VDAC2 and 100 times more prevalent than VDAC3 in HeLa cells (De Pinto et al., 2010). Recently it was demonstrated that while VDAC1 and VDAC2 are localized mainly within the same distinct domains of the OMM, VDAC3 is mostly distributed uniformly over the surface of the mitochondrion.


Somatic Direct DNA sequencing of colorectal cancer (CRC) and gastric cancer (GC) led to identification of a recurrent VDAC1 mutation. This mutation, c.332delA, leads to a premature stop codon, resulting in truncation of the amino acid synthesis (p.Asn111MetfsX34) and would remove about 60% length of C-terminal VDAC1 protein. The DNA sequencing indicated that the mutation was heterozygous. There was no significant difference of the mutations with respect to the clinicopathologic features of the GC and CRC (Fisher's exact test, p>0,05) (Yoo et al., 2011).

Implicated in

Entity VDAC1 and cancer
Note Hexokinase (HK) interacts with VDAC to mediate its anti-apoptotic activity. It has been reported that human cancer cell lines express higher VDAC1 levels than normal cells, while mitochondria from malignant tumor cell lines are capable of higher HK binding, thus increasing protection against apoptosis. The HK-VDAC interaction is thought to underlie cell survival and apoptosis regulation by HK.
A) HK bound to VDAC on the mitochondrial surface provides metabolic benefit that offers the cell a proliferative advantage.
B) HK-I and HK-II binding to VDAC1 protects against apoptosis, with their release enabling activation of apoptosis.
C) HK was shown to reduce mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation through an ADP-recycling mechanism. Accordingly, detachment of HK from VDAC1 could lead to increased H2O2 generation and release to the cytoplasm, thereby activating cell death.
D) The interaction of HK with VDAC protects against activation of apoptosis by BCL2-associated X protein (Bax) or Bcl-2 homologous antagonist/killer (Bak). Thus, VDAC-bound HK renders cells much more resistant to apoptosis.
Entity Rare mitochondrial encephalomyopathy
Note Tissue-specific VDAC isoform 1 (HVDAC1) deficiency in human skeletal muscle is responsible for a rare mitochondrial encephalomyopathy, fatal in childhood (Messina et al., 1999).
Entity Neurodegenerative diseases
Note Protein level changes of VDAC1 in brain of patients with Alzheimer's disease and Down syndrome have been reported (Yoo et al., 2001).
Although evidence supporting a role for VDAC in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) exists, its precise contribution is unknown. It has been suggested that VDAC may be involved in membrane dysfunction associated with AD neuropathology. The extent of oxidative damage to VDAC was reflected in the increase in nitrated VDAC1 in AD. VDAC modifications may alter VDAC-mediated bidirectional energy fluxes across the mitochondrial membrane. VDAC has been studied in Down's syndrome patients, epilepsy animal models, in dopamine-induced apoptosis, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The involvement of VDAC in numerous pathological conditions may result from disturbed VDAC function in energy production, metabolite cross-talk between the cytosol and the mitochondria, or apoptosis regulation.
Entity Muscular and myocardial diseases
Note In a rabbit model for myocardial ischemia and reperfusion, it was demonstrated that the p38 MAPK inhibitor, PD169316, significantly reduced p38-mediated phosphorylation of VDAC1, implicating VDAC1 in myocardial ischemia and reperfusion.
Entity VDAC and reagent toxicity
Note ROS are known to activate apoptosis. In addition, ROS appears to activate VDAC. Furanonaphthoquinones (FNQs) were proposed to induce apoptosis via ROS. The ROS production and the anti-cancer activity of FNQs were increased upon VDAC1 overexpression and decreased upon silencing VDAC1 expression by siRNA.
There are other chemicals that directly interact with and modify VDAC's activity. G3139 (oblimersen), an 18-mer phosphorothioate anti-sense oligonucleotide targeted to the initiation codon region of Bcl-2 mRNA, directly binds and reduces the channel conductance of bilayer-reconstituted VDAC. Avicins represent a novel class of plant stress metabolites that exhibit cytotoxic activity in tumor cells, as well as anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties capable of perturbing mitochondrial function and initiating apoptosis in tumor cells. Fluoxetine (Prozac), a clinically-used anti-depressant compound which acts on multiple transporters and channels, enhanced cell proliferation and prevented or enhanced apoptosis in various cell lines. Fluoxetine was shown to interact directly with VDAC and inhibit apoptosis. Cisplatin is a widely used anti-cancer drug which acts by inducing apoptosis. Cisplatin binds and modulates VDAC's activity (Yang et al., 2006) to modulate VDAC1 activity. Acrolein (2-propen-1-al), the most reactive of the α,β-unsaturated aldehydes and a toxic compound. VDAC was recently identified as a selectively oxidized target in the AD brain, being significantly carbonylated by acrolein. Endostatin (ES) has been shown to promote the permeability transition pore (PTP) opening via VDAC. Silencing VDAC1 expression by siRNA attenuates ES-induced apoptosis, while overexpression of VDAC1 enhances the sensitivity of endothelial cells to ES.


Voltage-dependent anion channel 1-based peptides interact with Bcl-2 to prevent antiapoptotic activity.
Arbel N, Shoshan-Barmatz V.
J Biol Chem. 2010 Feb 26;285(9):6053-62. Epub 2009 Dec 26.
PMID 20037155
Characterization of human VDAC isoforms: a peculiar function for VDAC3?
De Pinto V, Guarino F, Guarnera A, Messina A, Reina S, Tomasello FM, Palermo V, Mazzoni C.
Biochim Biophys Acta. 2010 Jun-Jul;1797(6-7):1268-75. Epub 2010 Feb 6.
PMID 20138821
Structure-based analysis of VDAC1 protein: defining oligomer contact sites.
Geula S, Naveed H, Liang J, Shoshan-Barmatz V.
J Biol Chem. 2012 Jan 13;287(3):2179-90. Epub 2011 Nov 23.
PMID 22117062
VDAC proteomics: Post-translation modifications.
Kerner J, Lee K, Tandler B, Hoppel CL.
Biochim Biophys Acta. 2012 Jun;1818(6):1520-5. Epub 2011 Nov 19.
PMID 22120575
Mapping of the human Voltage-Dependent Anion Channel isoforms 1 and 2 reconsidered.
Messina A, Oliva M, Rosato C, Huizing M, Ruitenbeek W, van den Heuvel LP, Forte M, Rocchi M, De Pinto V.
Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1999 Feb 24;255(3):707-10.
PMID 10049775
p62/SQSTM1 is required for Parkin-induced mitochondrial clustering but not mitophagy; VDAC1 is dispensable for both.
Narendra D, Kane LA, Hauser DN, Fearnley IM, Youle RJ.
Autophagy. 2010 Nov;6(8):1090-106.
PMID 20890124
Characterization of porin isoforms expressed in tumor cells.
Shinohara Y, Ishida T, Hino M, Yamazaki N, Baba Y, Terada H.
Eur J Biochem. 2000 Oct;267(19):6067-73.
PMID 10998068
VDAC, a multi-functional mitochondrial protein as a pharmacological target.
Shoshan-Barmatz V, Ben-Hail D.
Mitochondrion. 2012 Jan;12(1):24-34. Epub 2011 Apr 20.
PMID 21530686
Mitochondrial voltage-dependent anion channels (VDACs) as novel pharmacological targets for anti-cancer agents.
Simamura E, Shimada H, Hatta T, Hirai K.
J Bioenerg Biomembr. 2008 Jun;40(3):213-7. (REVIEW)
PMID 18704666
Prostacyclin receptor-mediated ATP release from erythrocytes requires the voltage-dependent anion channel.
Sridharan M, Bowles EA, Richards JP, Krantic M, Davis KL, Dietrich KA, Stephenson AH, Ellsworth ML, Sprague RS.
Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2012 Feb;302(3):H553-9. Epub 2011 Dec 9.
PMID 22159995
Changes of voltage-dependent anion-selective channel proteins VDAC1 and VDAC2 brain levels in patients with Alzheimer's disease and Down syndrome.
Yoo BC, Fountoulakis M, Cairns N, Lubec G.
Electrophoresis. 2001 Jan;22(1):172-9.
PMID 11197169
A Frameshift Mutation of the Pro-Apoptotic VDAC1 Gene in Cancers with Microsatellite Instability.
Yoo NJ, Park SW, Lee SH.
Gut Liver. 2011 Dec;5(4):548-9. Epub 2011 Nov 21.
PMID 22195259


This paper should be referenced as such :
Shoshan-Barmatz, V ; Mizrachi, D
VDAC1 (voltage-dependent anion channel 1)
Atlas Genet Cytogenet Oncol Haematol. 2012;16(8):568-571.
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External links

HGNC (Hugo)VDAC1   12669
Entrez_Gene (NCBI)VDAC1  7416  voltage dependent anion channel 1
AliasesPORIN; VDAC-1
GeneCards (Weizmann)VDAC1
Ensembl hg19 (Hinxton)ENSG00000213585 [Gene_View]
Ensembl hg38 (Hinxton)ENSG00000213585 [Gene_View]  chr5:133971875-134005133 [Contig_View]  VDAC1 [Vega]
ICGC DataPortalENSG00000213585
TCGA cBioPortalVDAC1
Genatlas (Paris)VDAC1
SOURCE (Princeton)VDAC1
Genetics Home Reference (NIH)VDAC1
Genomic and cartography
GoldenPath hg38 (UCSC)VDAC1  -     chr5:133971875-134005133 -  5q31.1   [Description]    (hg38-Dec_2013)
GoldenPath hg19 (UCSC)VDAC1  -     5q31.1   [Description]    (hg19-Feb_2009)
EnsemblVDAC1 - 5q31.1 [CytoView hg19]  VDAC1 - 5q31.1 [CytoView hg38]
Mapping of homologs : NCBIVDAC1 [Mapview hg19]  VDAC1 [Mapview hg38]
Gene and transcription
Genbank (Entrez)AK095989 AK122953 AK293639 BC008482 BC071168
RefSeq transcript (Entrez)NM_003374
RefSeq genomic (Entrez)
Consensus coding sequences : CCDS (NCBI)VDAC1
Cluster EST : UnigeneHs.519320 [ NCBI ]
CGAP (NCI)Hs.519320
Alternative Splicing GalleryENSG00000213585
Gene ExpressionVDAC1 [ NCBI-GEO ]   VDAC1 [ EBI - ARRAY_EXPRESS ]   VDAC1 [ SEEK ]   VDAC1 [ MEM ]
Gene Expression Viewer (FireBrowse)VDAC1 [ Firebrowse - Broad ]
SOURCE (Princeton)Expression in : [Datasets]   [Normal Tissue Atlas]  [carcinoma Classsification]  [NCI60]
GenevisibleExpression in : [tissues]  [cell-lines]  [cancer]  [perturbations]  
BioGPS (Tissue expression)7416
GTEX Portal (Tissue expression)VDAC1
Protein : pattern, domain, 3D structure
UniProt/SwissProtP21796   [function]  [subcellular_location]  [family_and_domains]  [pathology_and_biotech]  [ptm_processing]  [expression]  [interaction]
NextProtP21796  [Sequence]  [Exons]  [Medical]  [Publications]
With graphics : InterProP21796
Splice isoforms : SwissVarP21796
Domaine pattern : Prosite (Expaxy)EUKARYOTIC_PORIN (PS00558)   
Domains : Interpro (EBI)Porin_dom    Porin_Euk    Porin_Euk/Tom40    VDAC1   
Domain families : Pfam (Sanger)Porin_3 (PF01459)   
Domain families : Pfam (NCBI)pfam01459   
Conserved Domain (NCBI)VDAC1
DMDM Disease mutations7416
Blocks (Seattle)VDAC1
PDB (SRS)2JK4    2K4T    5JDP   
PDB (PDBSum)2JK4    2K4T    5JDP   
PDB (IMB)2JK4    2K4T    5JDP   
PDB (RSDB)2JK4    2K4T    5JDP   
Structural Biology KnowledgeBase2JK4    2K4T    5JDP   
SCOP (Structural Classification of Proteins)2JK4    2K4T    5JDP   
CATH (Classification of proteins structures)2JK4    2K4T    5JDP   
Human Protein AtlasENSG00000213585
Peptide AtlasP21796
IPIIPI00216308   IPI00910830   IPI00790304   
Protein Interaction databases
IntAct (EBI)P21796
Ontologies - Pathways
Ontology : AmiGObehavioral fear response  protein binding  nucleus  mitochondrion  mitochondrial outer membrane  mitochondrial outer membrane  mitochondrial inner membrane  plasma membrane  anion transport  mitochondrial calcium ion transmembrane transport  apoptotic process  apoptotic process  neuron-neuron synaptic transmission  learning  synaptic vesicle  voltage-gated anion channel activity  voltage-gated anion channel activity  porin activity  membrane  viral process  macroautophagy  protein kinase binding  epithelial cell differentiation  protein complex binding  mitochondrial nucleoid  myelin sheath  ion channel binding  membrane raft  pore complex  extracellular exosome  anion transmembrane transport  regulation of mitophagy  regulation of anion transmembrane transport  negative regulation of reactive oxygen species metabolic process  
Ontology : EGO-EBIbehavioral fear response  protein binding  nucleus  mitochondrion  mitochondrial outer membrane  mitochondrial outer membrane  mitochondrial inner membrane  plasma membrane  anion transport  mitochondrial calcium ion transmembrane transport  apoptotic process  apoptotic process  neuron-neuron synaptic transmission  learning  synaptic vesicle  voltage-gated anion channel activity  voltage-gated anion channel activity  porin activity  membrane  viral process  macroautophagy  protein kinase binding  epithelial cell differentiation  protein complex binding  mitochondrial nucleoid  myelin sheath  ion channel binding  membrane raft  pore complex  extracellular exosome  anion transmembrane transport  regulation of mitophagy  regulation of anion transmembrane transport  negative regulation of reactive oxygen species metabolic process  
Pathways : KEGGCalcium signaling pathway    Parkinson's disease    Huntington's disease    Influenza A    HTLV-I infection   
REACTOMEP21796 [protein]
REACTOME PathwaysR-HSA-5689880 [pathway]   
NDEx NetworkVDAC1
Atlas of Cancer Signalling NetworkVDAC1
Wikipedia pathwaysVDAC1
Orthology - Evolution
GeneTree (enSembl)ENSG00000213585
Phylogenetic Trees/Animal Genes : TreeFamVDAC1
Homologs : HomoloGeneVDAC1
Homology/Alignments : Family Browser (UCSC)VDAC1
Gene fusions - Rearrangements
Fusion : MitelmanRASA1/VDAC1 [5q14.3/5q31.1]  [t(5;5)(q14;q31)]  
Fusion : MitelmanVDAC1/SKP1 [5q31.1/5q31.1]  [t(5;5)(q31;q31)]  
Fusion: TCGAVDAC1 5q31.1 SKP1 5q31.1 BRCA
Polymorphisms : SNP and Copy number variants
NCBI Variation ViewerVDAC1 [hg38]
dbSNP Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (NCBI)VDAC1
Exome Variant ServerVDAC1
ExAC (Exome Aggregation Consortium)VDAC1 (select the gene name)
Genetic variants : HAPMAP7416
Genomic Variants (DGV)VDAC1 [DGVbeta]
DECIPHERVDAC1 [patients]   [syndromes]   [variants]   [genes]  
CONAN: Copy Number AnalysisVDAC1 
ICGC Data PortalVDAC1 
TCGA Data PortalVDAC1 
Broad Tumor PortalVDAC1
OASIS PortalVDAC1 [ Somatic mutations - Copy number]
Somatic Mutations in Cancer : COSMICVDAC1  [overview]  [genome browser]  [tissue]  [distribution]  
Mutations and Diseases : HGMDVDAC1
LOVD (Leiden Open Variation Database)Whole genome datasets
LOVD (Leiden Open Variation Database)LOVD 3.0 shared installation
LOVD (Leiden Open Variation Database)MSeqDR-LSDB Mitochondrial Disease Locus Specific Database
BioMutasearch VDAC1
DgiDB (Drug Gene Interaction Database)VDAC1
DoCM (Curated mutations)VDAC1 (select the gene name)
CIViC (Clinical Interpretations of Variants in Cancer)VDAC1 (select a term)
NCG5 (London)VDAC1
Cancer3DVDAC1(select the gene name)
Impact of mutations[PolyPhen2] [SIFT Human Coding SNP] [Buck Institute : MutDB] [Mutation Assessor] [Mutanalyser]
Genetic Testing Registry VDAC1
NextProtP21796 [Medical]
Target ValidationVDAC1
Huge Navigator VDAC1 [HugePedia]
snp3D : Map Gene to Disease7416
BioCentury BCIQVDAC1
Clinical trials, drugs, therapy
Chemical/Protein Interactions : CTD7416
Chemical/Pharm GKB GenePA37292
Clinical trialVDAC1
canSAR (ICR)VDAC1 (select the gene name)
PubMed207 Pubmed reference(s) in Entrez
GeneRIFsGene References Into Functions (Entrez)
REVIEW articlesautomatic search in PubMed
Last year publicationsautomatic search in PubMed

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