A fusion protein between cyclophilin-D (CyP-D) and glutathione S-transferase (GST) was shown to bind to purified liver inner mitochondrial membranes (IMMs) in a cyclosporin A (CsA)-sensitive manner. Binding was enhanced by diamide treatment of the IMMs. Immobilized GST–CyP-D avidly bound a single 30 kDa protein present in Triton X-100-solubilized IMMs; immunoblotting showed this to be the adenine nucleotide translocase (ANT). Binding was prevented by pretreatment of the CyP-D with CsA, but not with cyclosporin H. Purified ANT also bound specifically to GST–CyP-D, but porin did not, even in the presence of ANT.

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