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Cell. 1995 Jun 30;81(7):1085-93.

The MIM complex mediates preprotein translocation across the mitochondrial inner membrane and couples it to the mt-Hsp70/ATP driving system.

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Institut für Physiologische Chemie, Universität München, Federal Republic of Germany.


We have identified a complex in mitochondria that functions as a part of the preprotein import machinery of the inner membrane (MIM complex). Two known components, MIM23 and MIM17, and two novel components, MIM33 and MIM14, were found as constituents of this complex. In the presence of a translocating chain, the outer membrane import machinery (MOM complex) and the MIM complex form translocation contact sites. On the matrix side, the MIM complex is associated with the mt-Hsp70-MIM44 system. We propose a structure of the import machinery in which the MIM complex constitutes a proteinaceous channel that accepts preproteins from the MOM complex, facilitates their reversible transmembrane movement, and mediates unidirectional transport by linkage to the ATP-dependent mt-Hsp70-MIM44 system.

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