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Arch Biochem Biophys. 1995 Feb 1;316(2):659-64.

Identification of a 42-kDa plant mitochondrial outer membrane protein, MOM42, involved in the import of precursor proteins into plant mitochondria.

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Department of Botany, University College Dublin, Belfield, Ireland.


A 42-kDa plant outer mitochondrial membrane protein, MOM42, has been identified as an essential component of the plant mitochondrial precursor protein translocation apparatus. Immunological cross-reactivity has been detected between antibodies raised against both Neurospora and yeast mitochondrial outer membrane proteins and plant mitochondrial outer membrane proteins. Immunocompetition studies showed that import of precursors to Rieske FeS protein, ATPase su9-DHFR, and the adenine nucleotide transporter was inhibited in the presence of antibody to MOM42. The inhibition of Rieske Fes and su9-DHFR import was greater than that of the adenine nucleotide transporter. The competition studies suggest that the MOM42 is involved in the translocation of bound precursor proteins. The import data and the Western blots suggest that components of the mitochondrial import system are highly conserved.

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