The peroxisomal matrix import of Pex8p requires only PTS receptors and Pex14p

Changle Ma, Uwe Schumann, Naganand Rayapuram, Suresh Subramani*

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Pichia pastoris (Pp) Pex8p, the only known intraperoxisomal peroxin at steady state, is targeted to peroxisomes by either the peroxisomal targeting signal (PTS) type 1 or PTS2 pathway. Until recently, all cargoes entering the peroxisome matrix were believed to require the docking and really interesting new gene (RING) subcomplexes, proteins that bridge these two subcomplexes and the PTS receptor-recycling machinery. However, we reported recently that the import of PpPex8p into peroxisomes via the PTS2 pathway is Pex14p dependent but independent of the RING subcomplex (Zhang et al., 2006). In further characterizing the peroxisome membrane-associated translocon, we show that two other components of the docking subcomplex, Pex13p and Pex17p, are dispensable for the import of Pex8p. Moreover, we demonstrate that the import of Pex8p via the PTS1 pathway also does not require the RING subcomplex or intraperoxisomal Pex8p. In receptor-recycling mutants (Δpex1, Δpex6, and Δpex4), Pex8p is largely cytosolic because Pex5p and Pex20p are unstable. However, upon overexpression of the degradation-resistant Pex20p mutant, hemagglutinin (HA)-Pex20p(K19R), in Δpex4 and Δpex6 cells, Pex8p enters peroxisome remnants. Our data support the idea that PpPex8p is a special cargo whose translocation into peroxisomes depends only on the PTS receptors and Pex14p and not on intraperoxisomal Pex8p, the RING subcomplex, or the receptor-recycling machinery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3680-3689
Number of pages10
JournalMolecular Biology of the Cell
Issue number16
StatePublished - Aug 15 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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