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Peroxisome biogenesis and selective degradation converge at Pex14p

Bellu, AR., Komori, M., van der Klei, IJ., Kiel, JAKW. & Veenhuis, M., 30-Nov-2001, In : The Journal of Biological Chemistry. 276, 48, p. 44570-44574 5 p.

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We have analyzed the function of Hansenula polymorpha Pex14p in selective peroxisome degradation. Previously, we showed that Pex14p was involved in peroxisome biogenesis and functions in peroxisome matrix protein import. Evidence for the additional function of HpPex14p in selective peroxisome degradation (pexophagy) came from cells defective in HpPex14p synthesis. The suggestion that the absence of HpPex14p interfered with pexophagy was further analyzed by mutational analysis. These studies indicated that deletions at the C terminus of up to 124 amino acids of HpPex14p did not affect peroxisome degradation. Conversely, short deletions of the N terminus (31 and 64 amino acids, respectively) of the protein fully impaired pexophagy. Peroxisomes present in these cells remained intact for at least 6 h of incubation in the presence of excess glucose, conditions that led to the rapid turnover of the organelles in wild-type control cells. We conclude that the N terminus of HpPex14p contains essential information to control pexophagy in H. polymorpha and thus, that organelle development and turnover converge at Pex14p.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44570-44574
Number of pages5
JournalThe Journal of Biological Chemistry
Volume276
Issue number48
Publication statusPublished - 30-Nov-2001

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  • YEAST HANSENULA-POLYMORPHA, PICHIA-PASTORIS, METHANOL METABOLISM, DEFICIENT MUTANTS, TARGETING SIGNAL, ALCOHOL OXIDASE, MEMBRANE, PROTEIN, AUTOPHAGY, GENE

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