TOM70/YNL121C Summary Help

Standard Name TOM70 1
Systematic Name YNL121C
Alias MAS70 2 , MOM72 3 , OMP1
Feature Type ORF, Verified
Description Component of the TOM (translocase of outer membrane) complex; involved in the recognition and initial import steps for all mitochondrially directed proteins; acts as a receptor for incoming precursor proteins; TOM70 has a paralog, TOM71, that arose from the whole genome duplication (4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and see Summary Paragraph)
Name Description Translocase of the Outer Mitochondrial membrane 1
Chromosomal Location
ChrXIV:400537 to 398684 | ORF Map | GBrowse
Note: this feature is encoded on the Crick strand.
Gene Ontology Annotations All TOM70 GO evidence and references
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Molecular Function
Manually curated
Biological Process
Manually curated
Cellular Component
Manually curated
Regulators 1 genes
Classical genetics
Large-scale survey
212 total interaction(s) for 155 unique genes/features.
Physical Interactions
  • Affinity Capture-MS: 12
  • Affinity Capture-RNA: 2
  • Affinity Capture-Western: 11
  • Biochemical Activity: 3
  • Co-fractionation: 14
  • Co-localization: 1
  • Co-purification: 3
  • FRET: 1
  • PCA: 10
  • Reconstituted Complex: 5
  • Two-hybrid: 1

Genetic Interactions
  • Dosage Growth Defect: 1
  • Dosage Rescue: 3
  • Negative Genetic: 121
  • Phenotypic Suppression: 1
  • Positive Genetic: 10
  • Synthetic Growth Defect: 7
  • Synthetic Lethality: 4
  • Synthetic Rescue: 2

Expression Summary
Length (a.a.) 617
Molecular Weight (Da) 70,122
Isoelectric Point (pI) 5.08
Phosphorylation PhosphoGRID | PhosphoPep Database
sequence information
ChrXIV:400537 to 398684 | ORF Map | GBrowse
Note: this feature is encoded on the Crick strand.
Last Update Coordinates: 2011-02-03 | Sequence: 1996-07-31
Subfeature details
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Coordinates Sequence
CDS 1..1854 400537..398684 2011-02-03 1996-07-31
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Primary SGDIDS000005065

About mitochondrial import

While the mitochondrial genome encodes a handful of proteins, most of the hundreds of proteins that reside in the mitochondrion are encoded by nuclear genes, translated in the cytoplasm, and imported into mitochondria via a series of complex molecular machines (see 9, 10 for review). Many of the proteins imported into mitochondria are involved in respiration, which is not an essential process: S. cerevisiae is able to carry out either fermentative growth on carbon sources such as glucose, or respiratory growth on nonfermentable carbon sources such as glycerol and ethanol. However, since maintenance of the mitochondrial compartment is essential to life, mutations that completely disrupt mitochondrial import are lethal.

About the TOM complex

The first step of import is mediated by the translocase of the outer mitochondrial membrane (TOM) complex, composed of the subunits Tom70p, Tom40p, Tom22p, Tom20p, Tom7p, Tom6p, and Tom5p (11, 12). Tom70p and Tom20p are both integral membrane proteins with cytosolic domains that act as receptors for incoming proteins. Tom70p interacts with hydrophobic precursor proteins via its tetratricopeptide repeats (13), while Tom20p interacts with precursor proteins that have N-terminal mitochondrial targeting signals (14). Tom70p also interacts with cytosolic Hsp70 family chaperones of the Ssa subfamily in order to receive preproteins from these chaperones (15). Tom40p and the three small (50-70 residues) proteins Tom5p, Tom6p, and Tom7p comprise the membrane pore for protein translocation, often referred to as the general import pore or GIP (12, 16). Tom40p has a beta-barrel structure and forms the membrane pore (17, 18, 19). The three small proteins are individually dispensable for function of the pore, but at least one of the three is absolutely required (20, 21). Tom22p appears to have a structural role in the complex and may also contribute to binding of precursor proteins on the outer surface of the organelle (22).

Although proteins destined for different mitochondrial compartments are imported by several different pathways, most or all of them traverse the outer membrane via the TOM complex. Transit through the TOM complex is sufficient for import of some outer membrane proteins, and of intermembrane space (IMS) proteins that are imported by a "folded trap" mechanism. In this mechanism, after the imported protein enters the IMS, intramolecular disulfide bonds form that lock it in a folded conformation and prevent its movement back out to the cytosol. Other types of incoming proteins are directed to other complexes after exiting the TOM complex. Incoming beta-barrel proteins are transferred to the SAM/TOB complex of the outer membrane, in a process involving the small TIM protein complexes of the IMS (Tim8p-Tim13p and Tim9p-Tim10p), and then inserted into the outer membrane. Matrix proteins and some inner membrane proteins are imported through the TOM complex and then the inner membrane TIM23 complex, which interact to form a supercomplex (23). Other inner membrane proteins are imported via the TOM complex and escorted across the IMS by the small TIM proteins to the inner membrane TIM22 complex, which mediates their integration into the inner membrane.

About TOM70

Tom70p is anchored in the outer membrane via its N-terminal transmembrane motif. The cytosolic domain contains 11 tetratricopeptide repeat (TPR) motifs arranged in three blocks: the proximal clamp domain, the central core domain and the C-terminal domain (24). The clamp domain binds the C-terminal segment of cytosolic Hsp70 chaperones that carry hydrophobic mitochondrial preproteins, whereas the core domain and the C-terminal domain form a preprotein-binding pocket. The size of the pocket may be adjustable due to the flexibility of the C-terminal domain (25). This structure is strictly conserved within the TOM70 family. TOM70 orthologs are found in fungi and animals, but not in plants and protozoans (24). S. cerevisiae and some closely related yeast species contain TOM71, a gene similar to TOM70, which appears to fulfill partially overlapping functions (26, 27).

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References cited on this page View Complete Literature Guide for TOM70
1) Pfanner N, et al.  (1996) Uniform nomenclature for the protein transport machinery of the mitochondrial membranes. Trends Biochem Sci 21(2):51-2
2) Hines V, et al.  (1990) Protein import into yeast mitochondria is accelerated by the outer membrane protein MAS70. EMBO J 9(10):3191-200
3) Steger HF, et al.  (1990) Import of ADP/ATP carrier into mitochondria: two receptors act in parallel. J Cell Biol 111(6 Pt 1):2353-63
4) Brix J, et al.  (2000) The mitochondrial import receptor Tom70: identification of a 25 kDa core domain with a specific binding site for preproteins. J Mol Biol 303(4):479-88
5) Meisinger C, et al.  (1999) The preprotein translocase of the outer mitochondrial membrane: receptors and a general import pore. Cell Mol Life Sci 56(9-10):817-24
6) Ryan MT, et al.  (2000) The transport machinery for the import of preproteins across the outer mitochondrial membrane. Int J Biochem Cell Biol 32(1):13-21
7) Pfanner N, et al.  (2004) Assembling the mitochondrial outer membrane. Nat Struct Mol Biol 11(11):1044-8
8) Byrne KP and Wolfe KH  (2005) The Yeast Gene Order Browser: combining curated homology and syntenic context reveals gene fate in polyploid species. Genome Res 15(10):1456-61
9) Neupert W and Herrmann JM  (2007) Translocation of proteins into mitochondria. Annu Rev Biochem 76:723-49
10) Mokranjac D and Neupert W  (2009) Thirty years of protein translocation into mitochondria: unexpectedly complex and still puzzling. Biochim Biophys Acta 1793(1):33-41
11) Moczko M, et al.  (1992) Identification of the mitochondrial receptor complex in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. FEBS Lett 310(3):265-8
12) Dekker PJ, et al.  (1998) Preprotein translocase of the outer mitochondrial membrane: molecular dissection and assembly of the general import pore complex. Mol Cell Biol 18(11):6515-24
13) Wu Y and Sha B  (2006) Crystal structure of yeast mitochondrial outer membrane translocon member Tom70p. Nat Struct Mol Biol 13(7):589-93
14) Muto T, et al.  (2001) NMR identification of the Tom20 binding segment in mitochondrial presequences. J Mol Biol 306(2):137-43
15) Young JC, et al.  (2003) Molecular chaperones Hsp90 and Hsp70 deliver preproteins to the mitochondrial import receptor Tom70. Cell 112(1):41-50
16) Allen R, et al.  (2002) A conserved proline residue is present in the transmembrane-spanning domain of Tom7 and other tail-anchored protein subunits of the TOM translocase. FEBS Lett 514(2-3):347-50
17) Becker L, et al.  (2005) Preprotein translocase of the outer mitochondrial membrane: reconstituted Tom40 forms a characteristic TOM pore. J Mol Biol 353(5):1011-20
18) Wiedemann N, et al.  (2004) Biogenesis of the protein import channel Tom40 of the mitochondrial outer membrane: intermembrane space components are involved in an early stage of the assembly pathway. J Biol Chem 279(18):18188-94
19) Kunkele KP, et al.  (1998) The isolated complex of the translocase of the outer membrane of mitochondria. Characterization of the cation-selective and voltage-gated preprotein-conducting pore. J Biol Chem 273(47):31032-9
20) Dietmeier K, et al.  (1997) Tom5 functionally links mitochondrial preprotein receptors to the general import pore. Nature 388(6638):195-200
21) Honlinger A, et al.  (1996) Tom7 modulates the dynamics of the mitochondrial outer membrane translocase and plays a pathway-related role in protein import. EMBO J 15(9):2125-37
22) van Wilpe S, et al.  (1999) Tom22 is a multifunctional organizer of the mitochondrial preprotein translocase. Nature 401(6752):485-9
23) Chacinska A, et al.  (2003) Mitochondrial translocation contact sites: separation of dynamic and stabilizing elements in formation of a TOM-TIM-preprotein supercomplex. EMBO J 22(20):5370-81
24) Chan NC, et al.  (2006) The C-terminal TPR domain of Tom70 defines a family of mitochondrial protein import receptors found only in animals and fungi. J Mol Biol 358(4):1010-22
25) Beddoe T, et al.  (2004) A biophysical analysis of the tetratricopeptide repeat-rich mitochondrial import receptor, Tom70, reveals an elongated monomer that is inherently flexible, unstable, and unfolds via a multistate pathway. J Biol Chem 279(45):46448-54
26) Schlossmann J, et al.  (1996) Tom71, a novel homologue of the mitochondrial preprotein receptor Tom70. J Biol Chem 271(30):17890-5
27) Kondo-Okamoto N, et al.  (2008) Tetratricopeptide repeat proteins Tom70 and Tom71 mediate yeast mitochondrial morphogenesis. EMBO Rep 9(1):63-9