Hell K, et al. (2000) Identification of Cox20p, a novel protein involved in the maturation and assembly of cytochrome oxidase subunit 2. J Biol Chem 275(7):4571-8
Abstract: We have identified Cox20p, a 23.8-kDa protein of the mitochondrial inner membrane that is involved in the biogenesis of the yeast cytochrome oxidase complex. Cytochrome oxidase subunit 2 (Cox2p) accumulates as a precursor in cox20 mutants, suggesting a defect in biogenesis of this mitochondrially encoded protein. The inability of cox20 mutants to process the subunit 2 precursor (pCox2p) is not due to impaired export of the protein across the inner membrane or to an inactive Imp1p/Imp2p peptidase. Rather, Cox20p specifically binds the newly synthesized pCox2p, a step required to present the exported pCox2p as a substrate to the Imp1p peptidase. All of the endogenous pCox2p accumulated in an Deltaimp1 mutant, and a small fraction of Cox2p in wild type yeast, is detected ina complex with Cox20p. Following maturation Cox2p remained associated with Cox20p, prior to assembling into the cytochrome oxidase complex. We propose that Cox20p acts as a membrane-bound chaperone necessary for cleavage of pCox2p and for interaction of the mature protein with other subunits of cytochrome oxidase in a later step of the assembly process.
|Status: Published||Type: Journal Article||PubMed ID: 10671482|
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