Exploring the ubiquinone binding cavity of respiratory complex I

  • Proton pumping respiratory complex I is a major player in mitochondrial energy conversion. Yet little is known about the molecular mechanism of this large membrane protein complex. Understanding the details of ubiquinone reduction will be prerequisite for elucidating this mechanism. Based on a recently published partial structure of the bacterial enzyme, we scanned the proposed ubiquinone binding cavity of complex I by site-directed mutagenesis in the strictly aerobic yeast Yarrowia lipolytica. The observed changes in catalytic activity and inhibitor sensitivity followed a consistent pattern and allowed us to define three functionally important regions near the ubiquinone-reducing iron-sulfur cluster N2. We identified a likely entry path for the substrate ubiquinone and defined a region involved in inhibitor binding within the cavity. Finally, we were able to highlight a functionally critical structural motif in the active site that consisted of Tyr-144 in the 49-kDa subunit, surrounded by three conserved hydrophobic residues.

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Author:Maja Aleksandra TocilescuGND, Uta FendelGND, Klaus ZwickerORCiD, Stefan Kerscher, Ulrich BrandtORCiDGND
Pubmed Id:https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17681940
Parent Title (English):Journal of biological chemistry
Publisher:American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Publications
Place of publication:Bethesda, Md
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2021/01/04
Date of first Publication:2007/10/05
Publishing Institution:Universit├Ątsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2023/09/20
Page Number:7
First Page:29514
Last Page:29520
Exzellenzcluster / Exzellenzcluster Makromolekulare Komplexe
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 57 Biowissenschaften; Biologie / 570 Biowissenschaften; Biologie
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International