An N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive phosphate transport protein has been isolated from rat liver mitochondria, substantially purified, and reconstituted into phospholipid vesicles. Purified inner mitochondrial membrane vesicles depleted of F1-ATPase by urea treatment proved to be the most satisfactory starting material. Treatment of these membrane vesicles with Triton X-100 resulted in solubilization of the phosphate transport protein. Further purification was achieved using hydroxylapatite powder. Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of the purified fraction in sodium dodecyl sulfate indicated the presence of two Coomassie blue-staining bands with apparent Mr's of 30,000 and 35,000. Labeling of the 35,000 Mr band by the Pi transport inhibitor diazobenzene sulfonate was reduced markedly by prior treatment of the mitochondria with the inhibitor N-ethylmaleimide. The purified fraction containing both proteins could be reconstituted into liposomes prepared from purified asolectin. Phosphate efflux from these vesicles was inhibited by N-ethylmaleimide, by the impermeant mercurial agent, p-chloromercuribenzoate, and by diazobenzene sulfonate. Treatment of the purified fraction with N-ethylmaleimide prior to incorporation into liposomes resulted in a reconstituted system incapable of catalyzing Pi efflux. These studies summarize the first detailed attempt to purify the Pi H+ transport system from rat liver mitochondria and emphasize the need to commence the purification with purified inner membrane vesicles depleted of F1-ATPase. In addition, these studies show that the final fraction contains a reconstitutively active transport system which when incorporated into phospholipid vesicles has its essential sulfhydryl groups oriented outward. Finally, it is shown that the purified fraction also contains a 30,000 Mr component.
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