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Transport of Na+ and K+ by an antiporter-related subunit from the Escherichia coli NADH dehydrogenase I produced in Saccharomyces cerevisiae


Gemperli, A C; Schaffitzel, C; Jakob, C; Steuber, J (2007). Transport of Na+ and K+ by an antiporter-related subunit from the Escherichia coli NADH dehydrogenase I produced in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Archives of Microbiology, 188(5):509-521.

Abstract

The NADH dehydrogenase I from E. coli is a bacterial homolog of the mitochondrial complex I which translocates Na+ rather than H+. To elucidate the mechanism of Na+ transport, the C-terminally truncated NuoL subunit (NuoLN) which is related to Na+/H+ antiporters was expressed as a protein A fusion protein (ProtA-NuoLN) in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae which lacks an endogenous complex I. The fusion protein inserted into membranes from the endoplasmatic reticulum (ER), as confirmed by differential centrifugation and Western analysis. Membrane vesicles containing ProtA-NuoLN catalyzed the uptake of Na+ and K+ at rates which were significantly higher than uptake by the control vesicles under identical conditions, demonstrating that ProtA-NuoLN translocated Na+ and K+ independently from other complex I subunits. Na+ transport by ProtA-NuoLN was inhibited by EIPA (5-(N-ethyl-N-isopropyl)-amiloride) which specifically reacts with Na+/H+ antiporters. The cation selectivity and function of the NuoL subunit as a transporter module of the NADH dehydrogenase complex is discussed.

The NADH dehydrogenase I from E. coli is a bacterial homolog of the mitochondrial complex I which translocates Na+ rather than H+. To elucidate the mechanism of Na+ transport, the C-terminally truncated NuoL subunit (NuoLN) which is related to Na+/H+ antiporters was expressed as a protein A fusion protein (ProtA-NuoLN) in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae which lacks an endogenous complex I. The fusion protein inserted into membranes from the endoplasmatic reticulum (ER), as confirmed by differential centrifugation and Western analysis. Membrane vesicles containing ProtA-NuoLN catalyzed the uptake of Na+ and K+ at rates which were significantly higher than uptake by the control vesicles under identical conditions, demonstrating that ProtA-NuoLN translocated Na+ and K+ independently from other complex I subunits. Na+ transport by ProtA-NuoLN was inhibited by EIPA (5-(N-ethyl-N-isopropyl)-amiloride) which specifically reacts with Na+/H+ antiporters. The cation selectivity and function of the NuoL subunit as a transporter module of the NADH dehydrogenase complex is discussed.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Biochemistry
07 Faculty of Science > Department of Biochemistry
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
Language:English
Date:22 June 2007
Deposited On:08 Apr 2008 08:41
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:22
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0302-8933
Publisher DOI:10.1007/s00203-007-0272-3
PubMed ID:17583799
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-2317

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