Transport of coenzyme A in plant mitochondria Academic Article uri icon


  • Oxoglutarate oxidation by purified potato mitochondria which had been stored at low temperature for 48 h or longer was stimulated by added coenzyme A. Exogenous coenzyme A was accumulated by potato mitochondria, both freshly prepared and aged, in a manner sensitive to uncouplers and low temperature. Coenzyme A was concentrated approximately 10-fold in the matrix under steady-state conditions. This coenzyme A uptake followed saturation kinetics with an apparent Km of 0.2 mM and a V of 4-6.5 nmol min-1 mg-1 protein, suggesting carrier-mediated transport. This transport was insensitive to an inhibitor of NAD+ transport. It is suggested that plant mitochondria possess a specific carrier for the net accumulation of coenzyme A.

publication date

  • February 1984