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3-Amino-1,2,4-triazole is an inhibitor of protein synthesis on mitoribosomes in Neurospora crassa

Kumar, C Chandra and Padmanaban, G (1980) 3-Amino-1,2,4-triazole is an inhibitor of protein synthesis on mitoribosomes in Neurospora crassa. In: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Nucleic Acids and Protein Synthesis, 607 (2). pp. 339-349.

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The effects of the herbicide, 3-amino-1,2,4-triazole, an inhibitor of heme synthesis in rat liver, have been examined in the mold Neurospora crassa. The drug is a potent inhibitor of the growth of the mold and produces biochemical changes identical to those produced by chloramphenicol. 3-Amino-1,2,4-triazole, like chloramphenicol, is a direct and specific inhibitor of protein synthesis on mitoribosomes. A decrease in the levels of mitochondrial proteins which are completely or partly made on mitoribosomes and an accumulation in the levels of mitochondrial proteins of cytosolic origin have been observed. Both drugs depress porphyrin and heme levels, but there is actually an elevation in the levels of δ-aminolevulinate dehydratase, the rate-limiting enzyme of the heme-biosynthetic pathway in Neurospora crassa. In liver the enzyme is present in non-limiting amounts and the levels are depressed under conditions of 3-amino-1,2,4-triazole treatment. In Neurospora crassa the ‘derepression’ of δ-aminolevulinate dehydratase under conditions of 3-amino-1,2,4-triazole or chloramphenicol treatment is only partial because the drugs inhibit protein synthesis on mitoribosomes. It is concluded that an optimal rate of protein synthesis on mitoribosomes is necessary to maintain an adequate rate of heme synthesis.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Keywords: Aminotriazole;Mitoribosome;Protein synthesis inhibitor;Heme synthesis;(Neurospora crassa).
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Biochemistry
Depositing User: pallab
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2009 05:02
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:41
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/22392

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