We have cloned the gene encoding the protein Mas22p, which spans the outer membrane of yeast mitochondria. Cells that completely lack Mas22p are inviable. The plasmid-borne MAS22 gene suppresses several defects resulting from the deletion of one or more of the mitochondrial protein import receptors. Defects of Mas20p-deficient cells are explained by the reduced level of Mas22p in these mutants. Mas22p has one acidic domain in the cytosol and a second acidic domain in the mitochondrial intermembrane space. We suggest that these domains of Mas22p on either side of the outer membrane function as a relay system for transferring the basic targeting sequences of precursor proteins into the mitochondria.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|Publication status||Published - 6 Dec 1994|