Smith CP and Thorsness PE (2005) Formation of an energized inner membrane in mitochondria with a gamma-deficient F1-ATPase. Eukaryot Cell 4(12):2078-86
Abstract: Eukaryotic cells require mitochondrial compartments for viability. However, the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae is able to survive when mitochondrial DNA suffers substantial deletions or is completely absent, so long as a sufficient mitochondrial inner membrane potential is generated. In the absence of functional mitochondrial DNA, and consequently a functional electron transport chain and F(1)F(o)-ATPase, the essential electrical potential is maintained by the electrogenic exchange of ATP(4-) for ADP(3-) through the adenine nucleotide translocator. An essential aspect of this electrogenic process is the conversion of ATP(4-) to ADP(3-) in the mitochondrial matrix, and the nuclear-encoded subunits of F(1)-ATPase are hypothesized to be required for this process in vivo. Deletion of ATP3, the structural gene for the gamma subunit of the F(1)-ATPase, causes yeast to quantitatively lose mitochondrial DNA and grow extremely slowly, presumably by interfering with the generation of an energized inner membrane. A spontaneous suppressor of this slow-growth phenotype was found to convert a conserved glycine to serine in the beta subunit of F(1)-ATPase (atp2-227). This mutation allowed substantial ATP hydrolysis by the F(1)-ATPase even in the absence of the gamma subunit, enabling yeast to generate a twofold greater inner membrane potential in response to ATP compared to mitochondria isolated from yeast lacking the gamma subunit and containing wild-type beta subunits. Analysis of the suppressing mutation by blue native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis also revealed that the alpha(3)beta(3) heterohexamer can form in the absence of the gamma subunit.
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