Jumping Genes Cause this Mitochondrial Channel Protein to Fold into the Wrong Shape (image) Duke University Share Print E-Mail Caption 3-D modeling shows that Alu insertions within the TOMM40 gene could make the channel protein it encodes fold into the wrong shape, causing the mitochondria's import machinery to clog and stop working. Credit Model courtesy of Peter Larsen. Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.