Jolanda Blom

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To identify components of the mitochondrial protein import pathway in yeast, we have adopted a positive selection procedure for isolating mutants disturbed in protein import. We have cloned and sequenced a gene, termed MPI1, that can rescue the genetic defect of one group of these mutants. MPI1 encodes a hydrophilic 48.8 kDa protein that is essential for(More)
The essential mitochondrial inner-membrane protein, Mim44, is involved in the translocation of preproteins across the mitochondrial inner membrane. Two other putative components of this protein-translocation system are the integral inner-membrane proteins, Mim23 and Mim17. Here, we present genetic evidence for functional co-operation of all three proteins.(More)
We analyzed four Saccharomyces cerevisiae mutants defective in mitochondrial protein import and found that they are complemented by a novel gene encoding a 17 kDa protein. The protein is integrally located in the mitochondrial inner membrane and is termed MIM17. It shows significant homology to MIM23/Mas6p, a previously identified mitochondrial inner(More)
Three proteins of the mitochondrial inner membrane are known that are essential for the viability of yeast and seem to be involved in import of preproteins; the integral membrane proteins MIM17 and MIM23 and the peripheral membrane protein MIM44, MIM17 and MIM23 are homologous to each other in their hydrophobic domain, expose their termini to the(More)
Metabolic and regulatory gene networks generally tend to be stable. However, we have recently shown that overexpression of the transcriptional activator Hap4p in yeast causes cells to move to a state characterized by increased respiratory activity. To understand why overexpression of HAP4 is able to override the signals that normally result in glucose(More)
The essential yeast gene MPI1 encodes a mitochondrial membrane protein that is possibly involved in protein import into the organelle (A. C. Maarse, J. Blom, L. A. Grivell, and M. Meijer, EMBO J. 11:3619-3628, 1992). For this report, we determined the submitochondrial location of the MPI1 gene product and investigated whether it plays a direct role in the(More)
The tendency of Saccharomyces cerevisiae to favor alcoholic fermentation over respiration is a complication in aerobic, biomass-directed applications of this yeast. Overproduction of Hap4p, a positive transcriptional regulator of genes involved in respiratory metabolism, has been reported to positively affect the balance between respiration and fermentation(More)
A link between control of respiration and glucose repression in yeast is reported. The HAP4 gene was overexpressed in a Delta mig1 deletion background, generating a mutant in which respiratory function is stimulated and glucose repression is diminished. Although this combination does not result in derepression of genes encoding proteins involved in(More)
The present study was designed to examine the relation between the loss of Ca2+ uptake activity and the change of protein phosphorylation in sarcoplasmic reticulum from ischemic myocardium. Ischemic (0.5, 1 and 2 h duration) and non-ischemic tissue samples were taken from the coronary-ligated porcine left ventricle and sarcoplasmic reticulum fractions were(More)
Using a gel mobility shift assay we show that a 40 kd protein (p40), present in extracts of yeast mitochondria, binds specifically to the 5'-untranslated leader of cytochrome c oxidase subunit II mRNA. Binding of p40 to coxII RNA protects an 8-10 nucleotide segment from diethylpyocarbonate modification, indicating that the protein interacts with only a(More)