Mutation of conserved charged residues in mitochondrial TIM10 subunits precludes TIM10 complex assembly, but does not abolish growth of yeast cells

Vergnolle, M.A.S., Alcock, F.H., Petrakis, N. and Tokatlidis, K. (2007) Mutation of conserved charged residues in mitochondrial TIM10 subunits precludes TIM10 complex assembly, but does not abolish growth of yeast cells. Journal of Molecular Biology, 371(5), pp. 1315-1324. (doi:10.1016/j.jmb.2007.06.025)

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Abstract

The Saccharomyces cerevisiae TIM10 complex (TIM10c) is an ATP-independent chaperone of the mitochondrial intermembrane space, involved in transport of polytopic membrane proteins. The complex is an α3β3 hexamer of Tim9 and Tim10 subunits. We have generated specific mutations in charged residues in the central core domain of each subunit delineated by the characteristic twin CX3C motif, and investigated the effect of these mutations on subunit folding, complex assembly and TIM10 function in vitro and in vivo. Any combination of mutations that included a specific glutamate residue, conserved in all known Tim9 and Tim10 sequences, abolished assembly of the TIM10 complex. In vivo complementation analyses using a MET3-TIM10 strain that is selectively inactivated for the expression of wild-type Tim10 showed that (i) an N-terminal deleted version of Tim10 that was previously shown to be defective in substrate binding is lethal under all conditions, but (ii) the charged residues mutant of Tim10 that is defective in assembly with Tim9 can restore growth in glucose, but not in non-fermentable carbon sources. These data suggest that formation of the hexamer is beneficial but not vital for TIM10 function, whilst the N-terminal substrate-binding region of Tim10 is essential in vivo.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Tokatlidis, Professor Kostas
Authors: Vergnolle, M.A.S., Alcock, F.H., Petrakis, N., and Tokatlidis, K.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Molecular Cell and Systems Biology
Journal Name:Journal of Molecular Biology
Publisher:Academic Press
ISSN:0022-2836

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