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Mitochondrial trifunctional protein (MTP) is a [[protein attached to the [[inner mitochondrial membrane which [[Catalysis|catalyzes three out of the four steps in [[beta oxidation. MTP is a hetero-octamer composed of four alpha and four beta subunits:
The three functions are 2-enoyl coenzyme A (CoA) hydratase
, long-chain 3-hydroxy acyl-coenzyme A dehydrogenase
and long-chain 3-ketoacyl CoA thiolase
Association with the electron transport chain
Fatty acid beta-oxidation (FAO) and oxidative phosphorylation
(OXPHOS) are two major metabolism pathways in the mitochondria
. Reducing equivalents from FAO enter OXPHOS at the level of Complexes I
. In 2010, Wang ''et al.'' discovered a functional and physical association between MTP and ETC respirasomes
. Not only does MTP appear to be bound to Complex I, but it also appears to channel substrates
between the two enzymes.
This is especially interesting, because up until then it was unknown exactly how MTP was associated with the inner mitochondrial membrane, and this discovery may provide the explanation.
Recent research has revealed that MTP can be affected by various hormones
, via hormone receptors
located in the mitochondria. Chochron ''et al.'' (2012) demonstrated that thyroid hormone
stimulates mitochondrial metabolism
in a pathway mediated by MTP.
Zhou ''et al.'' (2012) used 2D gel electrophoresis
and mass spectrometry
to identify MTP as one of the proteins that interacts with ER alpha
, a receptor triggered by estrogen
In 2009, Taylor ''et al.'' identified a human mitochondrial protein, monolysocardiolipin acyltransferase (MLCL AT-1)
, that is identical in amino acid sequence
to the 59-kDa C-terminal
end of MTP, linking MTP to the remodeling of cardiolipin
Although MLCL AT-1 and MTP are different proteins, in 2012 the same lab discovered that MTP did indeed have cardiolipin remodeling capabilities.
This suggests a possible link between mitochondrial membrane cardiolipin content and beta oxidation
Disorders associated MTP are:
* Mitochondrial trifunctional protein deficiency
* LCHAD deficiency
* Acute fatty liver of pregnancy