Schmidt, Bernd and Hennig, Bernd and Köhler, Helmut and Neupert, Walter
Transport of the precursor to neurospora ATPase subunit 9 into yeast mitochondria. Implications on the diversity of the transport mechanism.
In: The Journal of Biological Chemistry, Vol. 258, No. 8: pp. 4687-4689
Isolated yeast mitochondria were able to take up Neurospora ATPase subunit 9 in vitro although the homologous yeast protein is synthesized within the mitochondria and inserted into the membrane from the matrix side (Tzagoloff, A., and Meagher, P. (1972) J. Biol. Chem. 247, 594- 603). The transfer of the protein was dependent on an energized mitochondrial inner membrane. It was accompanied by proteolytic processing of the precursor to the mature protein with the correct NH2 terminus as determined by Edman degradation of the transferred protein. The possibility is discussed that there are common features in the uptake machinery neither specific for one species nor specific for individual precursor proteins in the same species.