The three domains of the mitochondrial outer membrane protein Mim1 have discrete functions in assembly of the TOM complex

Franziska B Lueder, Trevor James Lithgow

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The assembly of mitochondrial outer membrane proteins is an essential process, mediated by the SAM complex and a set of additional protein modules. We show that one of these, Mim1, is anchored in the outer membrane with its N-terminus exposed to the cytosol and its C-terminus in the mitochondrial intermembrane space. Using an in vitro assay to measure the multi-step pathway for assembly of Tom40 into the TOM complex, we find that an early reaction mediated by the SAM complex is regulated by the N-terminal domain of Mim1. In addition, a late reaction catalysed by the Sam37 subunit of the SAM complex is also influenced by Mim1. Thus, Mim1 participates at multiple stages in the assembly of the TOM complex.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1475 - 1480
Number of pages6
JournalFEBS Letters
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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