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Eur J Biochem. 1991 Sep 1;200(2):463-9.

The acyl-carrier protein in Neurospora crassa mitochondria is a subunit of NADH:ubiquinone reductase (complex I).

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Institut für Biochemie, Universität Düsseldorf, Federal Republic of Germany.


We determined the primary structure of a 9.6-kDa subunit of the respiratory chain NADH:ubiquinone reductase (complex I) from Neurospora crassa mitochondria and found a close relationship between this subunit and the bacterial or chloroplast acyl-carrier protein. The degree of sequence identity amounts to 80% in a region of 19 residues around the serine to which the phosphopantetheine is bound. The N-terminal presequence of the subunit has the characteristic features of a mitochondrial import sequence. We cultivated the auxotroph pan-2 mutant of N. crassa in the presence of [14C]pantothenate and recovered all radioactivity incorporated into mitochondrial protein in the 9.6-kDa subunit of complex I. We cultivated N. crassa in the presence of chloramphenicol to accumulate the nuclear-encoded peripheral arm of complex I. This pre-assembled arm also contains the 9.6-kDa subunit. These results demonstrate that an acyl-carrier protein with pantothenate as prosthetic group is a constituent part of complex I in N. crassa.

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