Peroxisomal membrane protein import does not require Pex17p

Courtney C. Harper, Sarah T. South, J. Michael McCaffery, Stephen J. Gould

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Abstract

Of the ∼20 proteins required for peroxisome biogenesis, only four have been implicated in the process of peroxisomal membrane protein (PMP) import: Pex3p, Pex16p, Pex17p, and Pex19p. To improve our understanding of the role that Pex17p plays in PMP import, we examined the behavior of PMPs in a Pichia pastoris pex17 mutant. Relative to wild-type cells, pex17 cells appeared to have a mild reduction in PMP stability and slightly aberrant PMP behavior in subcellular fractionation experiments. However, we also found that the behavior of PMPs in the pex17 mutant was indistinguishable from PMP behavior in a pex5 mutant, which has no defect in PMP import, and was far different from PMP behavior in a pex3 mutant, which has a bona fide defect in PMP import. Furthermore, we found that a pex14 mutant, which has no defect in PMP import, lacks detectable levels of Pex17p. Based on these and other results, we propose that Pex17p acts primarily in the matrix protein import pathway and does not play an important role in PMP import.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16498-16504
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Volume277
Issue number19
DOIs
StatePublished - May 10 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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