Single-step production of functional OEP24 proteoliposomes.
Liguori L., Blesneac I., Madern D., Vivaudou M., Lenormand J-L.
The pea chloroplastic outer envelope protein OEP24 is a voltage-dependent channel that can function as a general solute channel in plants. OEP24 is a close functional homologue of VDAC which, in mammalian cells, modulates the permeability of the outer mitochondrial membrane. Here, we describe the production in a one-step reaction of active OEP24 in proteoliposomes or in soluble form using a cell-free expression system. We combine evidence from electrophysiological experiments, biophysical characterization, and biochemical analysis demonstrating that OEP24 is present as a functional channel in liposomes. Thus, production of OEP-containing proteoliposomes may provide a helpful tool for deciphering the role of the OEP family members.