Proteomic Mapping of Mitochondria in Living Cells via Spatially Restricted Enzymatic Tagging.
ABSTRACT Microscopy and mass spectrometry (MS) are complementary techniques: the former provides spatiotemporal information in living cells, but only for a handful of recombinant proteins, while the latter can detect thousands of endogenous proteins simultaneously, but only in lysed samples. Here, we introduce technology that combines these strengths by offering spatially and temporally resolved proteomic maps of endogenous proteins within living cells. The method relies on a genetically targetable peroxidase enzyme that biotinylates nearby proteins, which are subsequently purified and identified by MS. We used this approach to identify 495 proteins within the human mitochondrial matrix, including 31 not previously linked to mitochondria. The labeling was exceptionally specific and distinguished between inner membrane proteins facing the matrix versus the intermembrane space (IMS). Several proteins previously thought to reside in the IMS or outer membrane, including protoporphyrinogen oxidase, were reassigned to the matrix. The specificity of live-cell peroxidase-mediated proteomic mapping combined with its ease of use offers biologists a powerful tool for understanding the molecular composition of living cells.
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ABSTRACT: Interactions between α-helices within the hydrophobic environment of lipid bilayers are integral to the folding and function of transmembrane proteins; however, the major forces that mediate these interactions remain debated, and our ability to predict these interactions is still largely untested. We recently demonstrated that the frequent transmembrane association motif GASright - the GxxxG-containing fold of the glycophorin A dimer - is optimal for the formation of extended networks of Cα-H hydrogen bonds, supporting the hypothesis that these bonds are major contributors to association. We also found that optimization of Cα-H hydrogen bonding and inter-helical packing is sufficient to computationally predict the structure of known GASright dimers at near atomic level. Here, we demonstrate that this computational method can be used to characterize the structure of a protein not previously known to dimerize, by predicting and validating the transmembrane dimer of ADCK3, a mitochondrial kinase. ADCK3 is involved in the biosynthesis of the redox active lipid, ubiquinone, and human ADCK3 mutations cause a cerebellar ataxia associated with ubiquinone deficiency, but the biochemical functions of ADCK3 remain largely undefined. Our experimental analyses show that the transmembrane helix of ADCK3 dimerizes, with an interface based on an extended Gly-zipper motif, as predicted by our models. The data provide strong evidence for the hypothesis that optimization of Cα-H hydrogen bonding is an important factor in the association of transmembrane helices. This work also provides a structural foundation for investigating the role of transmembrane association in regulating the biological activity of ADCK3.Journal of the American Chemical Society 09/2014; · 11.44 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Chlamydia is an obligate intracellular pathogen that develops in the host cell in a vacuole termed the chlamydial inclusion. The prevailing concept of the chlamydial inclusion is of a parasitophorous vacuole. Here, the inclusion is the recipient of one-way host-pathogen interactions thus draining nutrients from the cell and negatively impacting it. While Chlamydia orchestrates some aspects of cell function, recent data indicate host cells remain healthy up until, and even after, chlamydial egress. Thus, while Chlamydia relies on the host cell for necessary metabolites, the overall function of the host cell, during chlamydial growth and development, is not grossly disturbed. This is consistent with the obligate intracellular organism's interest to maintain viability of its host. To this end, Chlamydia expresses inclusion membrane proteins, Incs, which serve as molecular markers for the inclusion membrane. Incs also contribute to the physical structure of the inclusion membrane and facilitate host-pathogen interactions across it. Given the function of Incs and the dynamic interactions that occur at the inclusion membrane, we propose that the inclusion behaves similarly to an organelle-albeit one that benefits the pathogen. We present the hypothesis that the chlamydial inclusion acts as a pathogen-specified parasitic organelle. This representation integrates the inclusion within existing subcellular trafficking pathways to divert a subset of host-derived metabolites thus maintaining host cell homeostasis. We review the known interactions of the chlamydial inclusion with the host cell and discuss the role of Inc proteins in the context of this model and how this perspective can impact the study of these proteins. Lessons learnt from the chlamydial pathogen-specified parasitic organelle can be applied to other intracellular pathogens. This will increase our understanding of how intracellular pathogens engage the host cell to establish their unique developmental niches.Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology 10/2014; 4:157. · 2.62 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The transport and intracellular trafficking of heme biosynthesis intermediates are crucial for hemoglobin production, which is a critical process in developing red cells. Here, we profiled gene expression in terminally differentiating murine fetal liver-derived erythroid cells to identify regulators of heme metabolism. We determined that TMEM14C, an inner mitochondrial membrane protein that is enriched in vertebrate hematopoietic tissues, is essential for erythropoiesis and heme synthesis in vivo and in cultured erythroid cells. In mice, TMEM14C deficiency resulted in porphyrin accumulation in the fetal liver, erythroid maturation arrest, and embryonic lethality due to profound anemia. Protoporphyrin IX synthesis in TMEM14C-deficient erythroid cells was blocked, leading to an accumulation of porphyrin precursors. The heme synthesis defect in TMEM14C-deficient cells was ameliorated with a protoporphyrin IX analog, indicating that TMEM14C primarily functions in the terminal steps of the heme synthesis pathway. Together, our data demonstrate that TMEM14C facilitates the import of protoporphyrinogen IX into the mitochondrial matrix for heme synthesis and subsequent hemoglobin production. Furthermore, the identification of TMEM14C as a protoporphyrinogen IX importer provides a genetic tool for further exploring erythropoiesis and congenital anemias.The Journal of clinical investigation. 08/2014;