Summary: Cytochrome oxidase assembly protein
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Cytochrome c oxidase Edit Wikipedia article
|Cytochrome c oxidase|
The crystal structure of bovine cytochrome c oxidase in a phospholipid bilayer. The intermembrane space lies to top of the image. Adapted from (It is a homo dimer in this structure)
|PDB structures||RCSB PDB PDBe PDBsum|
|Gene Ontology||AmiGO / EGO|
It is the last enzyme in the respiratory electron transport chain of mitochondria (or bacteria) located in the mitochondrial (or bacterial) membrane. It receives an electron from each of four cytochrome c molecules, and transfers them to one oxygen molecule, converting molecular oxygen to two molecules of water. In the process, it binds four protons from the inner aqueous phase to make water, and in addition translocates four protons across the membrane, helping to establish a transmembrane difference of proton electrochemical potential that the ATP synthase then uses to synthesize ATP.
The complex is a large integral membrane protein composed of several metal prosthetic sites and 14  protein subunits in mammals. In mammals, eleven subunits are nuclear in origin, and three are synthesized in the mitochondria. The complex contains two hemes, a cytochrome a and cytochrome a3, and two copper centers, the CuA and CuB centers. In fact, the cytochrome a3 and CuB form a binuclear center that is the site of oxygen reduction. Cytochrome c, which is reduced by the preceding component of the respiratory chain (cytochrome bc1 complex, complex III), docks near the CuA binuclear center and passes an electron to it, being oxidized back to cytochrome c containing Fe3+. The reduced CuA binuclear center now passes an electron on to cytochrome a, which in turn passes an electron on to the cytochrome a3-CuB binuclear center. The two metal ions in this binuclear center are 4.5 Å apart and coordinate a hydroxide ion in the fully oxidized state.
Crystallographic studies of cytochrome c oxidase show an unusual post-translational modification, linking C6 of Tyr(244) and the ε-N of His(240) (bovine enzyme numbering). It plays a vital role in enabling the cytochrome a3- CuB binuclear center to accept four electrons in reducing molecular oxygen to water. The mechanism of reduction was formerly thought to involve a peroxide intermediate, which was believed to lead to superoxide production. However, the currently accepted mechanism involves a rapid four-electron reduction involving immediate oxygen-oxygen bond cleavage, avoiding any intermediate likely to form superoxide.
Site of assembly is believed to occur near TOM/TIM, where complex intermediates are accessible to bind with subunits imported from cytosol. Hemes and cofactors are inserted into subunits I & II. Subunits I and IV initiate assembly. Other subunits may form sub-complex intermediates that later bind to others to form COX complex. In post-assembly modifications, the enzyme is dimerized, which is required for active/efficient enzyme action. Dimers are connected by a cardiolipin molecule.
|No.||Subunit name||Human protein||Protein description from UniProt||Pfam family with Human protein
|1||Cox1||COX1_HUMAN||Cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1||Pfam PF00115|
|2||Cox2||COX2_HUMAN||Cytochrome c oxidase subunit 2||Pfam PF02790, Pfam PF00116|
|3||Cox3||COX3_HUMAN||Cytochrome c oxidase subunit 3||Pfam PF00510|
|4||Cox4i1||COX41_HUMAN||Cytochrome c oxidase subunit 4 isoform 1, mitochondrial||Pfam PF02936|
|5||Cox4a2||COX42_HUMAN||Cytochrome c oxidase subunit 4 isoform 2, mitochondrial||Pfam PF02936|
|6||Cox5a||COX5A_HUMAN||Cytochrome c oxidase subunit 5A, mitochondrial||Pfam PF02284|
|7||Cox5b||COX5B_HUMAN||Cytochrome c oxidase subunit 5B, mitochondrial||Pfam PF01215|
|8||Cox6a1||CX6A1_HUMAN||Cytochrome c oxidase subunit 6A1, mitochondrial||Pfam PF02046|
|9||Cox6a2||CX6A2_HUMAN||Cytochrome c oxidase subunit 6A2, mitochondrial||Pfam PF02046|
|10||Cox6b1||CX6B1_HUMAN||Cytochrome c oxidase subunit 6B1||Pfam PF02297|
|11||Cox6b2||CX6B2_HUMAN||Cytochrome c oxidase subunit 6B2||Pfam PF02297|
|12||Cox6c||COX6C_HUMAN||Cytochrome c oxidase subunit 6C||Pfam PF02937|
|13||Cox7a1||CX7A1_HUMAN||Cytochrome c oxidase subunit 7A1, mitochondrial||Pfam PF02238|
|14||Cox7a2||CX7A2_HUMAN||Cytochrome c oxidase subunit 7A2, mitochondrial||Pfam PF02238|
|15||Cox7a3||COX7S_HUMAN||Putative cytochrome c oxidase subunit 7A3, mitochondrial||Pfam PF02238|
|16||Cox7b||COX7B_HUMAN||Cytochrome c oxidase subunit 7B, mitochondrial||Pfam PF05392|
|17||Cox7c||COX7C_HUMAN||Cytochrome c oxidase subunit 7C, mitochondrial||Pfam PF02935|
|18||Cox7r||COX7R_HUMAN||Cytochrome c oxidase subunit 7A-related protein, mitochondrial||Pfam PF02238|
|19||Cox8a||COX8A_HUMAN||Cytochrome c oxidase subunit 8A, mitochondrial P||Pfam PF02285|
|20||Cox8c||COX8C_HUMAN||Cytochrome c oxidase subunit 8C, mitochondrial||Pfam PF02285|
|1||Coa1||COA1_HUMAN||Cytochrome c oxidase assembly factor 1 homolog||Pfam PF08695|
|2||Coa3||COA3_HUMAN||Cytochrome c oxidase assembly factor 3 homolog, mitochondrial||Pfam PF09813|
|3||Coa4||COA4_HUMAN||Cytochrome c oxidase assembly factor 4 homolog, mitochondrial||Pfam PF06747|
|4||Coa5||COA5_HUMAN||Cytochrome c oxidase assembly factor 5||Pfam PF10203|
|5||Coa6||COA6_HUMAN||Cytochrome c oxidase assembly factor 6 homolog||Pfam PF02297|
|6||Coa7||COA7_HUMAN||Cytochrome c oxidase assembly factor 7,||Pfam PF08238|
|7||Cox11||COX11_HUMAN||Cytochrome c oxidase assembly protein COX11 mitochondrial||Pfam PF04442|
|8||Cox14||COX14_HUMAN||Cytochrome c oxidase assembly protein||Pfam PF14880|
|9||Cox15||COX15_HUMAN||Cytochrome c oxidase assembly protein COX15 homolog||Pfam PF02628|
|10||Cox16||COX16_HUMAN||Cytochrome c oxidase assembly protein COX16 homolog mitochondrial||Pfam PF14138|
|11||Cox17||COX17_HUMAN||Cytochrome c oxidase copper chaperone||Pfam PF05051|
|12||Cox18||COX18_HUMAN||Mitochondrial inner membrane protein (Cytochrome c oxidase assembly protein 18)||Pfam PF02096|
|13||Cox19||COX19_HUMAN||Cytochrome c oxidase assembly protein||Pfam PF06747|
|14||Cox20||COX20_HUMAN||Cytochrome c oxidase protein 20 homolog||Pfam PF12597|
- 4 Fe2+-cytochrome c + 8 H+in + O2 → 4 Fe3+-cytochrome c + 2 H2O + 4 H+out
Two electrons are passed from two cytochrome c's, through the CuA and cytochrome a sites to the cytochrome a3- CuB binuclear center, reducing the metals to the Fe2+ form and Cu+. The hydroxide ligand is protonated and lost as water, creating a void between the metals that is filled by O2. The oxygen is rapidly reduced, with two electrons coming from the Fe2+cytochrome a3, which is converted to the ferryl oxo form (Fe4+=O). The oxygen atom close to CuB picks up one electron from Cu+, and a second electron and a proton from the hydroxyl of Tyr(244), which becomes a tyrosyl radical: The second oxygen is converted to a hydroxide ion by picking up two electrons and a proton. A third electron arising from another cytochrome c is passed through the first two electron carriers to the cytochrome a3- CuB binuclear center, and this electron and two protons convert the tyrosyl radical back to Tyr, and the hydroxide bound to CuB2+ to a water molecule. The fourth electron from another cytochrome c flows through CuA and cytochrome a to the cytochrome a3- CuB binuclear center, reducing the Fe4+=O to Fe3+, with the oxygen atom picking up a proton simultaneously, regenerating this oxygen as a hydroxide ion coordinated in the middle of the cytochrome a3- CuB center as it was at the start of this cycle. The net process is that four reduced cytochrome c's are used, along with 4 protons, to reduce O2 to two water molecules.
Cyanide, sulfide, azide, and carbon monoxide all bind to cytochrome c oxidase, thus competitively inhibiting the protein from functioning, which results in chemical asphyxiation of cells. Methanol in methylated spirits is converted into formic acid, which also inhibits the same oxidase system. High levels of ATP can allosterically inhibit cytochrome c oxidase, binding from within the mitochondrial matrix.
Subcellular Localization and Presence at Extramitochondrial Sites
Cytochrome c oxidase has 3 subunits which are encoded by mitochondrial DNA. Of these 3 subunits encoded by mitochondrial DNA, two have been identified in extramitochondrial locations. In pancreatic acinar tissue, these subunits were found in zymogen granules. Additionally, in the anterior pituitary, relatively high amounts of these subunits were found in growth hormone secretory granules. The extramitochondrial function of these cytochrome c oxidase subunits has not yet been characterized. Besides cytochrome c oxidase subunits, extramitochondrial localization has also been observed for large numbers of other mitochondrial proteins., This raises the possibility about existence of yet unidentified specific mechanisms for protein translocation from mitochondria to other cellular destinations.
Genetic defects and disorders
Defects involving genetic mutations altering cytochrome c oxidase (COX) functionality or structure can result in severe, often fatal metabolic disorders. Such disorders usually manifest in early childhood and affect predominantly tissues with high energy demands (brain, heart, muscle). Among the many classified mitochondrial diseases, those involving dysfunctional COX assembly are thought to be the most severe.
The vast majority of COX disorders are linked to mutations in nuclear-encoded proteins referred to as assembly factors, or assembly proteins. These assembly factors contribute to COX structure and functionality, and are involved in several essential processes, including transcription and translation of mitochondrion-encoded subunits, processing of preproteins and membrane insertion, and cofactor biosynthesis and incorporation.
Currently, mutations have been identified in seven COX assembly factors: SURF1, SCO1, SCO2, COX10, COX15, COX20, COA5 and LRPPRC. Mutations in these proteins can result in altered functionality of sub-complex assembly, copper transport, or translational regulation. Each gene mutation is associated with the etiology of a specific disease, with some having implications in multiple disorders. Disorders involving dysfunctional COX assembly via gene mutations include Leigh syndrome, cardiomyopathy, leukodystrophy, anemia, and sensorineural deafness.
COX histochemistry is used for mapping regional brain metabolism in animals, since there is a direct relation between enzyme activity and neuronal activity. Such brain mapping has been accomplished in spontaneous mutant mice with cerebellar disease such as reeler and a transgenic model of Alzheimer's disease. This technique has also been used to map learning activity in animal brain.
- Cytochrome c oxidase subunit I
- Cytochrome c oxidase subunit II
- Cytochrome c oxidase subunit III
- Heme a
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- The Cytochrome Oxidase home page at Rice University
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Mueller JP, Taber HW; , J Bacteriol 1989;171:4967-4978.: Isolation and sequence of ctaA, a gene required for cytochrome aa3 biosynthesis and sporulation in Bacillus subtilis. PUBMED:2549006 EPMC:2549006
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InterPro entry IPR003780Heme A synthase catalyzes the oxidation of the C8 methyl side group on the heme O porphyrin ring into a formyl group [PUBMED:15491161]. In some cases, heme A synthase is found fused to protoheme IX farnesyltransferase, an enzyme that converts protoheme IX to heme O.
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|Cellular component||membrane (GO:0016020)|
|Molecular function||oxidoreductase activity, acting on the CH-CH group of donors (GO:0016627)|
|Biological process||heme a biosynthetic process (GO:0006784)|
|oxidation-reduction process (GO:0055114)|
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This superfamily includes a variety of different heme binding cytochromes.
The clan contains the following 9 members:COX15-CtaA Cytochrom_B561 Cytochrom_B_N_2 Cytochrom_C_asm Cytochrome_B DUF2427 DUF4405 Ferric_reduct Ni_hydr_CYTB
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For all of the domain matches in a full alignment, we count the number that are found on all sequences in the alignment. This total is shown in the purple box.
We also count the number of unique sequences on which each domain is found, which is shown in green. Note that a domain may appear multiple times on the same sequence, leading to the difference between these two numbers.
Finally, we group sequences from the same organism according to the NCBI code that is assigned by UniProt, allowing us to count the number of distinct sequences on which the domain is found. This value is shown in the pink boxes.
We use the NCBI species tree to group organisms according to their taxonomy and this forms the structure of the displayed tree. Note that in some cases the trees are too large (have too many nodes) to allow us to build an interactive tree, but in most cases you can still view the tree in a plain text, non-interactive representation. Those species which are represented in the seed alignment for this domain are highlighted.
You can use the tree controls to manipulate how the interactive tree is displayed:
- show/hide the summary boxes
- highlight species that are represented in the seed alignment
- expand/collapse the tree or expand it to a given depth
- select a sub-tree or a set of species within the tree and view them graphically or as an alignment
- save a plain text representation of the tree
Please note: for large trees this can take some time. While the tree is loading, you can safely switch away from this tab but if you browse away from the family page entirely, the tree will not be loaded.