Two forms of mitochondrial DNA ligase III are produced in Xenopus laevis oocytes.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Full-length cDNAs for DNA ligase IV and the alpha and beta isoforms of DNA ligase III were cloned from Xenopus laevis to permit study of the genes encoding mitochondrial DNA ligase. DNA ligase III alpha and III beta share a common NH(2) terminus that encodes a mitochondrial localization signal capable of targeting green fluorescent protein to mitochondria while the NH(2) terminus of DNA ligase IV does not. Reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction analyses with adult frog tissues demonstrate that while DNA ligase III alpha and DNA ligase IV are ubiquitously expressed, DNA ligase III beta expression is restricted to testis and ovary. Mitochondrial lysates from X. laevis oocytes contain both DNA ligase III alpha and III beta but no detectable DNA ligase IV. Gel filtration, sedimentation, native gel electrophoresis, and in vitro cross-linking experiments demonstrate that mtDNA ligase III alpha exists as a high molecular weight complex. We discuss the possibility that DNA ligase III alpha exists in mitochondria in association with novel mitochondrial protein partners or as a homodimer.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Perez-Jannotti, RM; Klein, SM; Bogenhagen, DF

Published Date

  • December 28, 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 276 / 52

Start / End Page

  • 48978 - 48987

PubMed ID

  • 11598119

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-9258

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1074/jbc.M107177200


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States