Deborah Pain

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Steroidogenic acute regulatory protein (StAR) plays a critical role in steroid hormone biosynthesis, presumably by facilitating the delivery of cholesterol to P450scc in the inner mitochondrial membranes. StAR is synthesized as a 37-kDa preprotein that is processed to a 30-kDa mature form by cleavage of an N-terminal mitochondrial import sequence. To(More)
  • D Pain, G Blobel
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
  • 1987
We have transcribed mRNA from a cDNA clone coding for pea ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase, translated the mRNA in a wheat germ cell-free system, and studied the energy requirement for posttranslational import of the [35S]methionine-labeled protein into the stroma of pea chloroplasts. We found that import depends on ATP hydrolysis within the stroma.(More)
We have developed an in vitro system in which the posttranslational import of Put2 (delta-pyrroline-5-carboxylate dehydrogenase), into yeast mitochondria is dependent on the addition of yeast postribosomal supernatant (PRS). When mRNA for a nuclear-encoded yeast mitochondrial matrix protein, Put2, was translated in a wheat germ cell-free system, import into(More)
Nfs1p is the yeast homolog of the bacterial proteins NifS and IscS, enzymes that release sulfur from cysteine for iron-sulfur cluster assembly. Here we show that the yeast mitochondrial protein Nfs1p regulates cellular and mitochondrial iron homeostasis. A strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, MA14, with a missense NFS1 allele (I191S) was isolated in a screen(More)
Arh1p is an essential mitochondrial protein of yeast with reductase activity. Here we show that this protein is involved in iron metabolism. A yeast strain was constructed in which the open reading frame was placed under the control of a galactose-regulated promoter. Protein expression was induced by galactose and repressed to undetectable levels in the(More)
Here we show that the yeast mitochondrial chaperone Ssc2p, a homolog of mt-Hsp70, plays a critical role in mitochondrial iron homeostasis. Yeast with ssc2-1 mutations were identified by a screen for altered iron-dependent gene regulation and mitochondrial dysfunction. These mutants exhibit increased cellular iron uptake, and the iron accumulates exclusively(More)
We have investigated mechanisms of mitochondrial targeting of the phenobarbital-inducible hepatic mitochondrial P450MT4, which cross-reacts with antibody to microsomal P4502B1. Results show that P4502B1 and P450MT4 have identical primary sequence but different levels of phosphorylation and secondary structure. We demonstrate that P4502B1 contains a chimeric(More)
A chloroplast import receptor from pea, previously identified by antiidiotypic antibodies was purified and its primary structure deduced from its cDNA sequence. The protein is a 36-kD integral membrane protein (p36) with eight potential transmembrane segments. Fab prepared from monospecific anti-p36 IgG inhibits the import of the ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate(More)