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Protein Localization. Chapter 10. 10.1 Introduction. Figure 10.1. 10.2 Passage Across a Membrane Requires a Special Apparatus. Proteins pass across membranes through specialized protein structures embedded in the membrane. Figure 10.2.

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Protein Localization

Chapter 10


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10.1 Introduction

Figure 10.1


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10.2 Passage Across a Membrane Requires a Special Apparatus

  • Proteins pass across membranes through specialized protein structures embedded in the membrane.

Figure 10.2


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  • Substrate proteins interact directly with the transport apparatus of the:

    • ER

    • mitochondria

    • chloroplasts

  • But they require carrier proteins to interact with peroxisomes

Figure 10.3


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  • A much larger and complex apparatus is required for transport into the nucleus.

Figure 10.4


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10.3 Protein Translocation May Be Posttranslational or Cotranslational

  • Proteins that are imported into cytoplasmic organelles are synthesized on free ribosomes in the cytosol.

Figure 10.5


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  • Proteins that are imported into the ER-Golgi system are synthesized on ribosomes that are associated with the ER.

Figure 10.6


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  • Proteins associate with membranes by means of specific amino acid sequences called signal sequences.

  • Signal sequences are most often leaders that are located at the N-terminus.

  • N-terminal signal sequences are usually cleaved off the protein during the insertion process.


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10.4 Chaperones May Be Required for Protein Folding

  • Proteins that can acquire their conformation spontaneously are said to self-assemble.

  • Proteins can often assemble into alternative structures.


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  • A chaperone directs a protein into one particular pathway by excluding alternative pathways.

  • Chaperones prevent the formation of incorrect structures.

    • They interact with unfolded proteins to prevent them from folding incorrectly.

Figure 10.8


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10.5 Chaperones Are Needed by Newly Synthesized and by Denatured Proteins

  • Chaperones act on:

    • newly synthesized proteins

    • proteins that are passing through membranes

    • proteins that have been denatured

Figure 10.10

Figure 10.9


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  • Hsp70 and some associated proteins form a major class of chaperones that act on many target proteins.

Figure 10.12


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  • Group I and group II chaperonins are large oligomeric assemblies.

    • They act on target proteins that they sequester in internal cavities.

  • Hsp90 is a specialized chaperone that acts on proteins of signal transduction pathways.

Figure 10.11


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10.6 The Hsp70 Family Is Ubiquitous

  • Members of the Hsp70 family are found in:

    • the cytosol

    • the ER

    • mitochondria and chloroplasts

  • Hsp70 is a chaperone that functions on target proteins in conjunction with DnaJ and GrpE.

Figure 10.13


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10.7 Signal Sequences Initiate Translocation

  • Proteins associate with the ER system only cotranslationally.

  • The signal sequence of the substrate protein is responsible for membrane association.

Figure 10.16


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10.8 The Signal Sequence Interacts with the SRP

  • The signal sequence binds to the SRP (signal recognition particle).

  • Signal-SRP binding causes protein synthesis to pause.


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Protein synthesis resumes when the SRP binds to the SRP receptor in the membrane.

The signal sequence is cleaved from the translocating protein by the signal peptidase located on the “inside” face of the membrane.

Figure 10.17


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10.9 The SRP Interacts with the SRP Receptor

  • The SRP is a complex of 7S RNA with six proteins.

  • The bacterial equivalent to the SRP is a complex of 4.5S RNA with two proteins.

  • The SRP receptor is a dimer.

Figure 10.18


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  • GTP hydrolysis releases the SRP from the SRP receptor after their interaction.

Figure 10.21


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10.10 The Translocon Forms a Pore

  • The Sec61 trimeric complex provides the channel for proteins to pass through a membrane.

Figure 10.22


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  • A translocating protein passes directly from the ribosome to the translocon without exposure to the cytosol.

Figure 10.23


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10.11 Translocation Requires Insertion into the Translocon and (Sometimes) a Ratchet in the ER

  • The ribosome, SRP, and SRP receptor are sufficient to insert a nascent protein into a translocon.

Figure 10.24


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  • Proteins that are inserted posttranslationally require additional components in the cytosol and Bip in the ER.

  • Bip is a ratchet that prevents a protein from slipping backward.

Figure 10.25


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10.12 Reverse Translocation Sends Proteinsto the Cytosol for Degradation

  • Sec61 translocons can be used for reverse translocation of proteins from the ER into the cytosol.

Figure 10.26


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10.13 Proteins Reside in Membranes by Meansof Hydrophobic Regions

  • Group I proteins have the N-terminus on the far side of the membrane;

    • group II proteins have the opposite orientation.

Figure 10.27


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  • Some proteins have multiple membrane-spanning domains.

Figure 10.28


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10.14 Anchor Sequences Determine ProteinOrientation

  • An anchor sequence halts the passage of a protein through the translocon.

    • Typically this is located at the C-terminal end.

    • It results in a group I orientation in which the N-terminus has passed through the membrane.

Figure 10.29


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  • A combined signal-anchor sequence can be used to:

    • insert a protein into the membrane

    • anchor the site of insertion

  • Typically this is internal

    • It results in a group II orientation in which the N-terminus is cytosolic.

Figure 10.30


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10.15 How Do Proteins Insert into Membranes?

  • Transfer of transmembrane domains from the translocon into the lipid bilayer is triggered by:

    • the interaction of the transmembrane region with the translocon.

Figure 10.33


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10.16 Posttranslational Membrane InsertionDepends on Leader Sequences

  • N-terminal leader sequences provide the information that allows proteins to associate with mitochondrial or chloroplast membranes.

Figure 10.34


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10.17 A Hierarchy of Sequences DeterminesLocation within Organelles

  • The N-terminal part of a leader sequence targets a protein to the mitochondrial matrix or chloroplast lumen.

Figure 10.36


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  • An adjacent sequence can control further targeting to a membrane or the intermembrane spaces.

  • The sequences are cleaved successively from the protein.

Figure 10.37


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10.18 Inner and Outer MitochondrialMembranes Have Different Translocons

  • Transport through the outer and inner mitochondrial membranes uses different receptor complexes.

  • The TOM (outer membrane) complex is a large complex.

    • Substrate proteins are directed to the Tom40 channel by one of two subcomplexes.

Figure 10.39


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  • Different TIM (inner membrane) complexes are used depending on whether the substrate protein is targeted to the inner membrane or to the lumen.

Figure 10.40


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  • Proteins pass directly from the TOM to the TIM complex.

Figure 10.42


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10.19 Peroxisomes Employ Another Type ofTranslocation System

  • Proteins are imported into peroxisomes in their fully folded state.

  • They have either:

    • a PTS1 sequence at the C-terminus

    • a PTS2 sequence at the N-terminus


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  • The receptor Pex5p binds the PTS1 sequence.

  • The receptor Pex7p binds the PTS2 sequence.

  • The receptors are cytosolic proteins that:

    • shuttle into the peroxisome carrying a substrate protein

    • then return to the cytosol

Figure 10.43


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10.20 Bacteria Use Both Cotranslationaland Posttranslational Translocation

  • Bacterial proteins that are exported to or through membranes use both posttranslational and cotranslational mechanisms.

Figure 10.44


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10.21 The Sec System Transports Proteins intoand Through the Inner Membrane

  • The bacterial SecYEG translocon in the inner membrane is related to the eukaryotic Sec61 translocon.

Figure 10.45


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  • Various chaperones are involved in directing secreted proteins to the translocon.

Figure 10.46


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10.22 Sec-Independent Translocation Systems in E. coli

  • E. coli and organelles have related systems for protein translocation.

  • One system allows certain proteins to insert into membranes without a translocation apparatus.

Figure 10.48


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  • YidC is homologous to a mitochondrial system for transferring proteins into the inner membrane.

  • The tat system transfers proteins with a twin arginine motif into the periplasmic space.


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