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          Institute: MPI für Entwicklungsbiologie     Collection: Abteilung 1 - Protein Evolution (A. Lupas)     Display Documents

ID: 591411.0, MPI für Entwicklungsbiologie / Abteilung 1 - Protein Evolution (A. Lupas)
Mitochondria can recognize and assemble fragments of a beta-barrel structure
Authors:Muller, J. E.; Papic, D.; Ulrich, T.; Grin, I.; Schutz, M.; Oberhettinger, P.; Tommassen, J.; Linke, D.; Dimmer, K. S.; Autenrieth, I. B.; Rapaport, D.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2011-05-15
Title of Journal:Mol Biol Cell
Issue / Number:10
Start Page:1638
End Page:1647
Review Status:not specified
Audience:Not Specified
Abstract / Description:beta-barrel proteins are found in the outer membranes of eukaryotic organelles of endosymbiotic origin as well as in the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria. Precursors of mitochondrial beta-barrel proteins are synthesized in the cytosol and have to be targeted to the organelle. Currently, the signal that assures their specific targeting to mitochondria is poorly defined. To characterize the structural features needed for specific mitochondrial targeting and to test whether a full beta-barrel structure is required, we expressed in yeast cells the beta-barrel domain of the trimeric autotransporter Yersinia adhesin A (YadA). Trimeric autotransporters are found only in prokaryotes, where they are anchored to the outer membrane by a single 12-stranded beta-barrel structure to which each monomer is contributing four beta-strands. Importantly, we found that YadA is solely localized to the mitochondrial outer membrane, where it exists in a native trimeric conformation. These findings demonstrate that, rather than a linear sequence or a complete beta-barrel structure, four beta-strands are sufficient for the mitochondria to recognize and assemble a beta-barrel protein. Remarkably, the evolutionary origin of mitochondria from bacteria enables them to import and assemble even proteins belonging to a class that is absent in eukaryotes.
Free Keywords:Adhesins, Bacterial/*biosynthesis/metabolism; Mitochondria/*metabolism; Mitochondrial Membranes/*metabolism; Models, Molecular; Molecular Chaperones/metabolism; Peptide Fragments/*biosynthesis/metabolism; Protein Folding; Protein Multimerization; Protein Sorting Signals; Protein Stability; Protein Structure, Quaternary; Protein Structure, Secondary; Protein Structure, Tertiary; Recombinant Proteins/*biosynthesis/metabolism; Saccharomyces cerevisiae
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Affiliations:MPI für Entwicklungsbiologie/Abteilung 1 - Proteinevolution (Andrei Lupas)
External Affiliations:%G eng
Identifiers:ISSN:1939-4586 (Electronic) 1059-1524 (Linking) %R mbc.... [ID No:1]
URL: [ID No:2]
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