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Aliases MARCH5, MARCH-V, MITOL, RNF153, membrane associated ring-CH-type finger 5
External IDs MGI: 1915207 HomoloGene: 9862 GeneCards: 54708
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Species Human Mouse
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RefSeq (protein)



Location (UCSC) Chr 10: 92.29 – 92.35 Mb Chr 19: 37.21 – 37.22 Mb
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E3 ubiquitin-protein ligase MARCH5, also known as membrane-associated ring finger (C3HC4) 5, is an enzyme that, in humans, is encoded by the MARCH5 gene. It is localized in the mitochondrial outer membrane and has four transmembrane domains.[1][2][3]



The human gene MARCH5, also known as MITOL or RNF153, has 7 Exons and locates at the chromosome band 10q23.32-q23.33.[2]


The human E3 ubiquitin-protein ligase MARCH5 protein, a member of the transmembrane RING‐finger protein family[4] is 31 kDa in size and composed of 278 amino acids with a N-terminal Zinc-finger domain at amino acid sequence 6-75 and four C-terminal transmembrane spans.[3] The theoretical PI of this protein is 9.00.[5]


As a E3 ubiquitin ligases, enzyme MARCH 5 catalyzes the transfer of ubiquitin from an E2 ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme to an identified protein substrate. MARCH5 was firstly identified as a mitofusin 2- and Drp1-binding protein.[3] MARCH5 promotes ubiquitination of Drp1 and a knockdown of MARCH5 is by RNAi led to abnormal mitochondrial fusion.[6] Further evidences show that MARCH 5 specifically interacts with mitofusin 1, by reducing the levels of it during certain phases of the cell cycle.[7] Given the facts that MARCH5 regulates the protein proteostasis of Drp1, mitofusin 1, and mitofusin 2 that are pivotal regulators of mitochondrial fusion and fission, MARCH5 is critical for the regulation of standard mitochondria morphology, and deficiencies in it promote cellular senescence.[8]

Clinical significance[edit]

Considering that both Drp1 and MAP1B are substrates for MITOL, MITOL is thought to play a protective role against nitrosative stress-mediated disruption of mitochondrial dynamics such as morphological stability and transport of mitochondria. As significantly decreased expression of MITOL occurs in response to ageing in normal tissues, MITOL may control ageing by regulating the production of ROS in mitochondria.[9] From a pathological perspective, in a neuronal cell model, dominant-negative MARCH5 prevents mitochondrial fragmentation during neurodegenerative stress induced by the neuron-specific reactive oxygen generator 6-hydroxydopamine, the complex I inhibitor rotenone or Alzheimer's-related amyloid beta peptide. MARCH5 is also involved in the removal of proteins associated with specific neurodegenerative disorders such as ataxin-3 in Machado–Joseph disease or mSOD1 in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis likely supporting mitochondrial function.[10] MARCH5 has also been linked to toll-like receptors (TLRs), which recognize distinct pathogen-associated molecular patterns and play a critical role in the innate immune response.[11]

Ubiquitin-dependent degradation pathways have clear cancer relevance due to their integral involvement in protein quality control, regulation of immune responses, signal transduction, and cell cycle regulation.[12]


  1. ^ Bartee E, Mansouri M, Hovey Nerenberg BT, Gouveia K, Früh K (Feb 2004). "Downregulation of major histocompatibility complex class I by human ubiquitin ligases related to viral immune evasion proteins". Journal of Virology 78 (3): 1109–20. doi:10.1128/JVI.78.3.1109-1120.2004. PMC 321412. PMID 14722266. 
  2. ^ a b "Entrez Gene: MARCH5 membrane-associated ring finger (C3HC4) 5". 
  3. ^ a b c Nakamura N, Kimura Y, Tokuda M, Honda S, Hirose S (Oct 2006). "MARCH-V is a novel mitofusin 2- and Drp1-binding protein able to change mitochondrial morphology". EMBO Reports 7 (10): 1019–22. doi:10.1038/sj.embor.7400790. PMC 1618377. PMID 16936636. 
  4. ^ Lehner PJ, Hoer S, Dodd R, Duncan LM (Oct 2005). "Downregulation of cell surface receptors by the K3 family of viral and cellular ubiquitin E3 ligases". Immunological Reviews 207: 112–25. doi:10.1111/j.0105-2896.2005.00314.x. PMID 16181331. 
  5. ^ "Uniprot: Q9NX47 - MARH5_HUMAN". 
  6. ^ Yonashiro R, Ishido S, Kyo S, Fukuda T, Goto E, Matsuki Y, Ohmura-Hoshino M, Sada K, Hotta H, Yamamura H, Inatome R, Yanagi S (Aug 2006). "A novel mitochondrial ubiquitin ligase plays a critical role in mitochondrial dynamics". The EMBO Journal 25 (15): 3618–26. doi:10.1038/sj.emboj.7601249. PMC 1538564. PMID 16874301. 
  7. ^ Park YY, Cho H (2012). "Mitofusin 1 is degraded at G2/M phase through ubiquitylation by MARCH5". Cell Division 7 (1): 25. doi:10.1186/1747-1028-7-25. PMC 3542011. PMID 23253261. 
  8. ^ Park YY, Lee S, Karbowski M, Neutzner A, Youle RJ, Cho H (Feb 2010). "Loss of MARCH5 mitochondrial E3 ubiquitin ligase induces cellular senescence through dynamin-related protein 1 and mitofusin 1". Journal of Cell Science 123 (Pt 4): 619–26. doi:10.1242/jcs.061481. PMC 2818198. PMID 20103533. 
  9. ^ Nagashima S, Tokuyama T, Yonashiro R, Inatome R, Yanagi S (May 2014). "Roles of mitochondrial ubiquitin ligase MITOL/MARCH5 in mitochondrial dynamics and diseases". Journal of Biochemistry 155 (5): 273–9. doi:10.1093/jb/mvu016. PMID 24616159. 
  10. ^ Fang L, Li J, Flammer J, Neutzner A (2013). "MARCH5 inactivation supports mitochondrial function during neurodegenerative stress". Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience 7: 176. doi:10.3389/fncel.2013.00176. PMC 3794199. PMID 24133412. 
  11. ^ Shi HX, Liu X, Wang Q, Tang PP, Liu XY, Shan YF, Wang C (May 2011). "Mitochondrial ubiquitin ligase MARCH5 promotes TLR7 signaling by attenuating TANK action". PLoS Pathogens 7 (5): e1002057. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1002057. PMC 3098239. PMID 21625535. 
  12. ^ Wang X, Herr RA, Hansen T (Dec 2008). "Viral and cellular MARCH ubiquitin ligases and cancer". Seminars in Cancer Biology 18 (6): 441–50. doi:10.1016/j.semcancer.2008.09.002. PMC 2636702. PMID 18948196. 

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