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Title

Mitochondrial Sulfide Detoxification Requires a Functional Isoform O-Acetylserine(thiol)lyase C in Arabidopsis thaliana

AuthorsÁlvarez, Consolación ; García, Irene ; Romero, Luis C. ; Gotor, Cecilia
Issue Date2012
PublisherOxford University Press
CitationMolecular Plant 5: 1217- 1226 (2012)
AbstractIn non-cyanogenic species, the main source of cyanide derives from ethylene and camalexin biosyntheses. In mitochondria, cyanide is a potent inhibitor of the cytochrome c oxidase and is metabolised by the β-Cyanoalanine synthase CYS-C1, catalysing the conversion of cysteine and cyanide to hydrogen sulfide and β- cyanoalanine. The hydrogen sulfide released also inhibits the cytochrome c oxidase and needs to be detoxified by the O-acetylserine(thiol)lyase mitochondrial isoform, OAS-C, which catalyses the incorporation of sulfide to O-acetylserine to produce cysteine, thus generating a cyclic pathway in the mitochondria. The loss of functional OAS-C isoforms causes phenotypic characteristics very similar to the loss of the CYS-C1 enzyme, showing defects in root hair formation. Genetic complementation with the OAS-C gene rescues the impairment of root hair elongation restoring the wild type phenotype. The mitochondria compromise their capacity to proper detoxify cyanide and the resulting sulfide because the latter cannot re-assimilate into cysteine in the oas-c null mutant. Consequently, we observe an accumulation of sulfide and cyanide and of the alternative oxidase, which is unable to prevent the production of reactive oxygen species probably due to the accumulation of both toxic molecules. Our results allow us to suggest that the significance of OAS-C is related with its role in the proper sulfide and cyanide detoxification in mitochondria.
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/91995
DOI10.1093/mp/sss043
Identifiersdoi: 10.1093/mp/sss043
issn: 1674-2052
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