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Conversion of a mitochondrial precursor polypeptide into subunit 1 of cytochrome oxidase in the mi-3 mutant of Neurospora crassa



Conversion of a mitochondrial precursor polypeptide into subunit 1 of cytochrome oxidase in the mi-3 mutant of Neurospora crassa



European Journal of Biochemistry 99(3): 463-470



1. The cytochrome-alpha alpha 3-deficient mi-3 cytoplasmic mutant of Neurospora crassa synthesizes a mitochondrial translation product which crossreacts with antibodies specific to subunit 1 of cytochrome oxidase. The immunoprecipitated polypeptide migrates more slowly during gel electrophoresis than the authentic 41 000-Mr subunit 1 of the wild-type enzyme. An apparent molecular weight of about 45 000 was estimated for the mutant product. 2. Radioactive labelling experiments in vivo show that the crossreacting material found in the mutant is relatively stable and does not form complexes with other subunits of the oxidase. 3. After induction of a functional cytochrome oxidase in the mutant cells with antimycin A, the 45 000-Mr polypeptide is converted to a 41 000-Mr component, which exhibits the same electrophoretic mobility as subunit 1 of the oxidase. Pulse-chase labelling kinetics reveal a typical precursor product relationship. 4. The converted polypeptide becomes assembled with other enzyme subunits to form a protein complex which has the immunological characteristics of cytochrome oxidase. A possible physiological role of the post-translational processing of the mitochondrially synthesized component is discussed.

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DOI: 10.1111/j.1432-1033.1979.tb13277.x



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