The proton-coupled Pho84 phosphate permease of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, overexpressed as a histidine-tagged chimera in Escherichia coli, was detergent-solubilized, purified, and reconstituted into proteoliposomes. Proteoliposomes containing the Pho84 protein were fused with proteoliposomes containing purified cytochrome c oxidase from beef heart mitochondria. Both components of the coreconstituted system were functionally incorporated in tightly sealed membrane vesicles in which the cytochrome c oxidase-generated electrochemical proton gradient could drive phosphate transport via the proton-coupled Pho84 permease. The metal dependency of transport indicates that a metal-phosphate complex is the translocated substrate.
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