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FEBS J. 2009 Mar;276(6):1698-708. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-4658.2009.06903.x. Epub 2009 Feb 13.

Channel-forming activities of peroxisomal membrane proteins from the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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Institut für Physiologische Chemie, Abt. Systembiochemie, Bochum, Germany.


Highly-purified peroxisomes from the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae grown on oleic acid were investigated for the presence of channel (pore)-forming proteins in the membrane of these organelles. Solubilized membrane proteins were reconstituted in planar lipid bilayers and their pore-forming activity was studied by means of multiple-channel monitoring or single-channel analysis. Two abundant pore-forming activities were detected with an average conductance of 0.2 and 0.6 nS in 1.0 m KCl, respectively. The high-conductance pore (0.6 nS in 1.0 m KCl) is slightly selective to cations (P(K+)/P(Cl-) approximately 1.3) and showed an unusual flickering at elevated (> +/-40 mV) holding potentials directed upward relative to the open state of the channel. The data obtained for the properties of the low-conductance pore (0.2 nS in 1.0 m KCl) support the notion that the high-conductance channel represents a cluster of two low-conductance pores. The results lead to conclusion that the yeast peroxisomes contain membrane pore-forming proteins that may aid the transfer of small solutes between the peroxisomal lumen and cytoplasm.

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