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Cell Biology International (1995) 19, 759–768 (Printed in Great Britain)
The subcellular localization of newly synthesized cytochrome b5.
Jens Carlsen and Kirsten Christiansen
Department of Medical Biochemistry & Genetics, Biochemistry Laboratory C, University of Copenhagen, The Panum Institute, Blegdamsvej 3, DK-2200 Copenhagen N, Denmark.


The fate of newly synthesized cytochrome b5 was studied in rat hepatocytes. Using an antibody specific for microsomal cytochrome b5, we found newly synthesized microsomal cytochrome b5 in both mitochondria and a mitochondria associated membrane fraction as well as in microsomes. Newly synthesized cytochrome b5 was quickly removed from the site of synthesis on free ribosomes and inserted into membranes at random. No migration of newly synthesized cytochrome b5 between cellular compartments was observed and therefore the assembly of the apoprotein with the heme moiety is apparently not taking place in any particular cellular compartment.


ISSN Print: 1065-6995
ISSN Electronic: 1095-8355
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