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Purification of Mitochondrial Ribosomal Complexes from Trypanosoma cruzi and Leishmania tarentolae for Cryo-EM Analysis

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Kinetoplastids are unicellular eukaryotic parasites responsible for human pathologies such as Chagas disease, sleeping sickness or Leishmaniasis, caused by Trypanosoma cruzi, Trypanosoma brucei, and various Leishmania spp., respectively. They harbor a single large mitochondrion that is essential for the survival of the parasite. Interestingly, most of the mitochondrial gene expression machineries and processes present significant differences from their nuclear and cytosolic counterparts. A striking example concerns their mitochondrial ribosomes, in charge of translating the few essential mRNAs encoded by mitochondrial genomes. Here, we present a detailed protocol including the specific procedures to isolate mitochondria from two species of kinetoplastids, T. cruzi and L. tarentolae, by differential centrifugations. Then, we detail the protocol to purify mitochondrial ribosomal complexes from these two species of parasites (including ribosomal maturating complexes) by a sucrose gradient approach. Finally, we describe how to prepare cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) grids from these two sorts of samples. This protocol will be useful for further studies aiming at analyzing mitochondrial translation regulation.
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hal-03800249 , version 1 (06-10-2022)

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Steph Durrieu, Marie Sissler, Yaser Hashem. Purification of Mitochondrial Ribosomal Complexes from Trypanosoma cruzi and Leishmania tarentolae for Cryo-EM Analysis. Bio-protocol , 2022, 12, ⟨10.21769/bioprotoc.4425⟩. ⟨hal-03800249⟩
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