Summary: Mitochondrial carrier protein
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Mitochondrial ADP/ATP carrier
Mitochondrial carriers are proteins from a solute carrier family which transfer molecules across the membranes of the mitochondria. Mitochondrial carriers are also classified in the Transporter Classification Database. The Mitochondrial Carrier (MC) Superfamily has been expanded to include both the original Mitochondrial Carrier (MC) family (TC# 2.A.29) and the Mitochondrial Inner/Outer Membrane Fusion (MMF) family (TC# 9.B.25).
Members of the MC family (TC# 2.A.29) are found exclusively in eukaryotic organelles although they are nuclearly encoded. Most are found in mitochondria, but some are found in peroxisomes of animals, in hydrogenosomes of anaerobic fungi, and in amyloplasts of plants.
15 paralogues of the MC family are encoded within the genome of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. 50 have been identified in humans, 58 in A. thaliana and 35 in S. cerevisiae. The functions of many of the human homologues are unknown, but most of the yeast homologues have been functionally identified. See TCDB for functional assignments
Many MC proteins preferentially catalyze the exchange of one solute for another (antiport). A variety of these substrate carrier proteins, which are involved in energy transfer, have been found in the inner membranes of mitochondria and other eukaryotic organelles such as the peroxisome and facilitate the transport of inorganic ions, nucleotides, amino acids, keto acids and cofactors across the membrane. Such proteins include:
- ADP/ATP carrier protein (ADP-ATP translocase; i.e., TC# 2.A.29.1.2)
- 2-oxoglutarate/malate carrier protein (SLC25A11; TC# 2.A.29.2.11) 
- phosphate carrier protein (SLC25A3; TC# 2.A.29.4.2)
- Tricarboxylate transport protein (SLC25A1, or citrate transport protein; TC# 2.A.29.7.2)
- Graves disease carrier protein (SLC25A16; TC# 2.A.29.12.1)
- Yeast mitochondrial proteins MRS3 (TC# 2.A.29.5.1) and MRS4 (TC# 2.A.29.5.2)
- Yeast mitochondrial FAD carrier protein (TC# 2.A.29.10.1)
- As well as many others.
Functional aspects of these proteins, including metabolite transport, have been reviewed by Dr. Ferdinando Palmieri and Dr. Ciro Leonardo Pierri (2010). Diseases caused by defects of mitochondrial carriers are reviewed by Palmieri et al. (2008) and by Gutiérrez-Aguilar and Baines 2013. Mutations of mitochondrial carrier genes involved in mitochondrial functions other than oxidative phosphorylation are responsible for carnitine/acylcarnitine carrier deficiency, HHH syndrome, aspartate/glutamate isoform 2 deficiency, Amish microcephaly, and neonatal myoclonic epilepsy. These disorders are characterized by specific metabolic dysfunctions, depending on the physiological role of the affected carrier in intermediary metabolism. Defects of mitochondrial carriers that supply mitochondria with the substrates of oxidative phosphorylation, inorganic phosphate and ADP, are responsible for diseases characterized by defective energy production. Residues involved in substrate binding in the middle of the transporter and gating have been identified and analyzed.
Permeases of the MC family (the human SLC25 family) possess six transmembrane β-helical spanners. The proteins are of fairly uniform size of about 300 residues. They arose by tandem intragenic triplication in which a genetic element encoding two spanners gave rise to one encoding six spanners. This event may have occurred less than 2 billion years ago when mitochondria first developed their specialized endosymbiotic functions within eukaryotic cells. Members of the MC family are functional and structural monomers although early reports indicated that they are dimers.
Most MC proteins contain a primary structure exhibiting three repeats, each of about 100 amino acyl residues in length, and both the N and C termini face the intermembrane space. All carriers contain a common sequence, referred to as the MCF motif, in each repeated region, with some variation in one or two signature sequences.
Amongst the members of the mitochondrial carrier family that have been identified, it is the ADP/ATP carrier (AAC; TC# 2.A.29.1.1) that is responsible for importing ADP into the mitochondria and exporting ATP out of the mitochondria and into the cytosol following synthesis. The AAC is an integral membrane protein that is synthesised lacking a cleavable presequence, but instead contains internal targeting information. It forms a dimer of two identical subunits and consists of a basket shaped structure with six transmembrane helices that are tilted with respect to the membrane, 3 of them "kinked" due to the presence of prolyl residues.
Residues that are important for the transport mechanism are likely to be symmetrical, whereas residues involved in substrate binding will be asymmetrical reflecting the asymmetry of the substrates. By scoring the symmetry of residues in the sequence repeats, Robinson et al. (2008) identified the substrate-binding sites and salt bridge networks that are important for transport. The symmetry analyses provides an assessment of the role of residues and provides clues to the chemical identities of substrates of uncharacterized transporters.
A few MC protein crystal structures are available in RCSB, including:, , , , ,
Members of the mitochondrial carrier family are involved in transporting keto acids, amino acids, nucleotides, inorganic ions and co-factors across the mitochondrial inner membrane. The transporters are thought to share the same structural fold, which consists of six trans-membrane alpha-helices and three matrix helices, arranged with threefold pseudo-symmetry. During the transport cycle two salt bridge networks on either side of the central cavity might regulate access to a single substrate binding site in an alternating fashion. In the case of proton-substrate symporters, the substrate binding sites contain negatively charged residues that are proposed to be involved in proton transport.
The transported substrates of MC family members may bind to the bottom of the cavity, and translocation results in a transient transition from a 'pit' to a 'channel' conformation. An inhibitor of AAC, carboxyatractyloside, probably binds where ADP binds, in the pit on the outer surface, thus blocking the transport cycle. Another inhibitor, bongkrekic acid, is believed to stabilize a second conformation, with the pit facing the matrix. In this conformation, the inhibitor may bind to the ATP-binding site. Functional and structural roles for residues in the TMSs have been proposed. The mitochondrial carrier signature, Px[D/E]xx[K/R], of carriers is probably involved both in the biogenesis and in the transport activity of these proteins. A homologue has been identified in the mimivirus genome and shown to be a transporter for dATP and dTTP.
Examples of transported compounds include:
- citrate - SLC25A1
- ornithine - SLC25A2, SLC25A15
- phosphate - SLC25A3, SLC25A23, SLC25A24, SLC25A25
- adenine nucleotide - SLC25A4, SLC25A5, SLC25A6, SLC25A31
- dicarboxylate - SLC25A10
- oxoglutarate - SLC25A11
- glutamate - SLC25A22
Human proteins containing this domain include:
- HDMCP, LOC153328, MCART1, MCART2, MCART6, MTCH1, MTCH2
- UCP1, UCP2, UCP3
- SLC25A1, SLC25A3, SLC25A4, SLC25A5, SLC25A6, SLC25A10, SLC25A11, SLC25A12, SLC25A13, SLC25A14, SLC25A16, SLC25A17, SLC25A18, SLC25A19, SLC25A21, SLC25A22, SLC25A23, SLC25A24, SLC25A25, SLC25A26, SLC25A27, SLC25A28, SLC25A29, SLC25A30, SLC25A31, SLC25A32, SLC25A33, SLC25A34, SLC25A35, SLC25A36, SLC25A37, SLC25A38, SLC25A39, SLC25A40, SLC25A41, SLC25A42, SLC25A43, SLC25A44, SLC25A45, SLC25A46
- Getting a good rate of exchange – the mitochondrial ADP-ATP carrier Article at PDBe
- Transporter Classification Database - Mitochondrial Carrier Superfamily
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- Bamber, Lisa; Harding, Marilyn; Monné, Magnus; Slotboom, Dirk-Jan; Kunji, Edmund R. S. (2007-06-26). "The yeast mitochondrial ADP/ATP carrier functions as a monomer in mitochondrial membranes". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 104 (26): 10830–10834. doi:10.1073/pnas.0703969104. ISSN 1091-6490. PMC 1891095. PMID 17566106.
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- Robinson, Alan J.; Overy, Catherine; Kunji, Edmund R. S. (2008-11-18). "The mechanism of transport by mitochondrial carriers based on analysis of symmetry". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105 (46): 17766–17771. doi:10.1073/pnas.0809580105. ISSN 0027-8424. PMC 2582046. PMID 19001266.
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- Cappello, Anna R.; Miniero, Daniela V.; Curcio, Rosita; Ludovico, Anna; Daddabbo, Lucia; Stipani, Italo; Robinson, Alan J.; Kunji, Edmund R. S.; Palmieri, Ferdinando (2007-06-01). "Functional and structural role of amino acid residues in the odd-numbered transmembrane alpha-helices of the bovine mitochondrial oxoglutarate carrier". Journal of Molecular Biology 369 (2): 400–412. doi:10.1016/j.jmb.2007.03.048. ISSN 0022-2836. PMID 17442340.
- Zara, Vincenzo; Ferramosca, Alessandra; Capobianco, Loredana; Baltz, Katrin M.; Randel, Olga; Rassow, Joachim; Palmieri, Ferdinando; Papatheodorou, Panagiotis (2007-12-01). "Biogenesis of yeast dicarboxylate carrier: the carrier signature facilitates translocation across the mitochondrial outer membrane". Journal of Cell Science 120 (Pt 23): 4099–4106. doi:10.1242/jcs.018929. ISSN 0021-9533. PMID 18032784.
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InterPro entry IPR018108
A variety of substrate carrier proteins that are involved in energy transfer are found in the inner mitochondrial membrane or integral to the membrane of other eukaryotic organelles such as the peroxisome [PUBMED:2158156, PUBMED:8140286, PUBMED:8487299, PUBMED:8206158, PUBMED:8291088]. Such proteins include: ADP, ATP carrier protein (ADP/ATP translocase); 2-oxoglutarate/malate carrier protein; phosphate carrier protein; tricarboxylate transport protein (or citrate transport protein); Graves disease carrier protein; yeast mitochondrial proteins MRS3 and MRS4; yeast mitochondrial FAD carrier protein; and many others. Structurally, these proteins can consist of up to three tandem repeats of a domain of approximately 100 residues, each domain containing two transmembrane regions.
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We determine these interactions using iPfam, which considers the interactions between residues in three-dimensional protein structures and maps those interactions back to Pfam families. You can find more information about the iPfam algorithm in the journal article that accompanies the website.
For those sequences which have a structure in the Protein DataBank, we use the mapping between UniProt, PDB and Pfam coordinate systems from the PDBe group, to allow us to map Pfam domains onto UniProt sequences and three-dimensional protein structures. The table below shows the structures on which the Mito_carr domain has been found. There are 30 instances of this domain found in the PDB. Note that there may be multiple copies of the domain in a single PDB structure, since many structures contain multiple copies of the same protein seqence.
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