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Planta. 2000 Jun;211(1):150-7.

Importance of sequences adjacent to the terminal tripeptide in the import of a peroxisomal Candida tropicalis protein in plant peroxisomes.

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Institut d'Ecologie-Biologie et Physiologie Végétales, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland.


The peroxisome targeting signal (PTS) required for import of the rat acyl-CoA oxidase (AOX; EC and the Candida tropicalis multifunctional protein (MFP) in plant peroxisomes was assessed in transgenic Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) Heynh. The native rat AOX accumulated in peroxisomes in A. thaliana cotyledons and targeting was dependent on the presence of the C-terminal tripeptide S-K-L. In contrast, the native C. tropicalis MFP, containing the consensus PTS sequence A-K-I was not targeted to plant peroxisomes. Modification of the carboxy terminus to the S-K-L tripeptide also failed to deliver the MFP to peroxisomes while addition of the last 34 amino acids of the Brassica napus isocitrate lyase, containing the terminal tripeptide S-R-M, enabled import of the fusion protein into peroxisomes. These results underline the influence of the amino acids adjacent to the terminal tripeptide of the C. tropicalis MFP on peroxisomal targeting, even in the context of a protein having a consensus PTS sequence S-K-L.

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