Nuclear genes for cytochrome c oxidase subunits of Neurospora crassa. Isolation and characterization of cDNA clones for subunits IV, V, VI, and possibly VII. Academic Article uri icon


  • We obtained cDNA clones for cytochrome oxidase subunits IV, V, VI, and possibly VII by constructing a lambda gt11 library of Neurospora crassa cDNA and probing it with antiserum directed against Neurospora cytochrome oxidase holoenzyme. Positive clones were further characterized with antisera directed against individual cytochrome oxidase subunits and subsequently by DNA sequencing. The clones for subunits IV and V encode proteins with regions matching the known N-terminal amino acid sequences of purified Neurospora cytochrome oxidase subunits IV and V, respectively. The sequences of these clones provide the first evidence that cytochrome oxidase subunits IV and V are made as precursors with N-terminal extensions in Neurospora. The N-terminal extensions encoded by these clones share homology, and are rich in arginine, as are signal sequences of other mitochondrially destined proteins. The subunit VI clone codes for the carboxyl terminus of a protein homologous to the carboxy termini of yeast cytochrome oxidase subunit VI and bovine cytochrome oxidase subunit Va. The subunit VII clone contains an open reading frame for a 47-residue protein, the expected size for subunit VII. However, the protein coded by this clone has an unusual amino acid composition. Whether this clone represents an authentic cytochrome oxidase subunit is not established.

published proceedings

  • J Biol Chem

author list (cited authors)

  • Sachs, M. S., David, M., Werner, S., & RajBhandary, U. L.

citation count

  • 32

complete list of authors

  • Sachs, MS||David, M||Werner, S||RajBhandary, UL

publication date

  • January 1986