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Biochim Biophys Acta. 1999 Aug 4;1412(3):282-7.

Primary structure and characterisation of a 64 kDa NADH dehydrogenase from the inner membrane of Neurospora crassa mitochondria.

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Instituto de Biologia Molecular e Celular, Universidade do Porto, Rua do Campo Alegre 823, 4150, Porto, Portugal.


A cDNA clone encoding a mitochondrial NADH dehydrogenase from Neurospora crassa was sequenced. The total DNA sequence encompasses 2570 base pairs and contains an open reading frame of 2019 base pairs coding for a precursor polypeptide of 673 amino acid residues. The protein is encoded by a single-copy gene located to the right side of the centromere in linkage group IV of the fungal genome. The N-terminus of the precursor protein has characteristics of a mitochondrial targeting pre-sequence. The protein displays homology with mitochondrial NADH dehydrogenases from yeast. In contrast to these polypeptides, however, analysis of its primary structure revealed that it contains a well-conserved calcium-binding domain. Rabbit antiserum against the protein expressed in an heterologous system recognises a mitochondrial protein of N. crassa with an apparent molecular mass of 64 kDa. Analysis of the fungal mitochondria by swelling, digitonin fractionation and alkaline treatment indicate that the protein is located in the inner membrane of the organelles, possibly facing the matrix side.

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