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Curr Biol. 2006 Mar 21;16(6):R197-9.

Mitochondrial protein import: convergent solutions for receptor structure.

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ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, MCS Building M310, University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley 6009, Western Australia, Australia. seamus@cyllene.uwa.edu.au

Abstract

Complex machinery has evolved to recognise and import nuclear-encoded proteins into mitochondria. Recent work now shows that the plant Tom20 mitochondrial protein import receptor has a similar tertiary structure to animal Tom20, although the proteins are evolutionarily distinct, representing an elegant example of convergent evolution.

PMID:
16546069
DOI:
10.1016/j.cub.2006.02.024
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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