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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2003 Nov 11;100(23):13207-12. Epub 2003 Oct 23.

The proteome of Saccharomyces cerevisiae mitochondria.

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Rudolf-Virchow-Center for Experimental Biomedicine, Universität Würzburg, Versbacher Strasse 9, D-97078 Würzburg, Germany.


We performed a comprehensive approach to determine the proteome of Saccharomyces cerevisiae mitochondria. The proteins of highly pure yeast mitochondria were separated by several independent methods and analyzed by tandem MS. From >20 million MS spectra, 750 different proteins were identified, indicating an involvement of mitochondria in numerous cellular processes. All known components of the oxidative phosphorylation machinery, the tricarboxylic acid cycle, and the stable mitochondria-encoded proteins were found. Based on the mitochondrial proteins described in the literature so far, we calculate that the identified proteins represent approximately 90% of all mitochondrial proteins. The function of a quarter of the identified proteins is unknown. The mitochondrial proteome will provide an important database for the analysis of new mitochondrial and mitochondria-associated functions and the characterization of mitochondrial diseases.

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