The yeast Peptide Sensitive Channel (PSC), a cationic channel of the mitochondrial outer membrane closes with slow kinetics at potentials of either polarity. The properties of this inactivation closely resemble those of the Voltage-Dependent Anion Channel (VDAC) slow kinetics closures. Addition of trypsin to one compartment suppresses the inactivation observed when this compartment is made positive, but does not affect the inactivation observed at potentials of reverse polarity. Both sides of the channel are sensitive. The reduced form of the Mast Cell Degranulating peptide (rMCD) increases the rate of inactivation, but only when the polarity of the compartment to which it is added is positive. The effect is not reversed by washing the peptide out, but is suppressed by trypsin. The peptide can bind to both sides of the membrane. The effect of rMCD on PSC closely resembles that of the ``modulator'' on VDAC. The similarities between PSC and VDAC suggest that the former might be a cationic porin of the mitochondrial outer membrane possessing a structure closely related to that of VDAC.
The Journal of Membrane Biology – Springer Journals
Published: Mar 1, 1997
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