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Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1038/S41594-021-00567-9

Structural and molecular mechanisms for membrane protein biogenesis by the Oxa1 superfamily

04 Mar 2021-Nature Structural & Molecular Biology (Springer Science and Business Media LLC)-Vol. 28, Iss: 3, pp 234-239
Abstract: Members of the Oxa1 superfamily perform membrane protein insertion in bacteria, the eukaryotic endoplasmic reticulum (ER), and endosymbiotic organelles. Here, we review recent structures of the three ER-resident insertases and discuss the extent to which structure and function are conserved with their bacterial counterpart YidC. Recent structures of eukaryotic membrane protein insertases of the Oxa1 superfamily reveal a conserved protein module and common mechanistic principles that enable membrane insertion of a diverse set of substrates.

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Topics: Transport protein (57%), Endoplasmic reticulum (54%), Membrane protein (53%) ... read more

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Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.3389/FMOLB.2021.664241
Julia Oswald1, Robert Njenga1, Ana Natriashvili1, Pinku Sarmah1  +1 moreInstitutions (1)
Abstract: The spatial and temporal coordination of protein transport is an essential cornerstone of the bacterial adaptation to different environmental conditions. By adjusting the protein composition of extra-cytosolic compartments, like the inner and outer membranes or the periplasmic space, protein transport mechanisms help shaping protein homeostasis in response to various metabolic cues. The universally conserved SecYEG translocon acts at the center of bacterial protein transport and mediates the translocation of newly synthesized proteins into and across the cytoplasmic membrane. The ability of the SecYEG translocon to transport an enormous variety of different substrates is in part determined by its ability to interact with multiple targeting factors, chaperones and accessory proteins. These interactions are crucial for the assisted passage of newly synthesized proteins from the cytosol into the different bacterial compartments. In this review, we summarize the current knowledge about SecYEG-mediated protein transport, primarily in the model organism Escherichia coli, and describe the dynamic interaction of the SecYEG translocon with its multiple partner proteins. We furthermore highlight how protein transport is regulated and explore recent developments in using the SecYEG translocon as an antimicrobial target.

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7 Citations

Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1111/FEBS.15905
Sarah O'Keefe1, Martin R. Pool1, Stephen High1Institutions (1)
05 Jun 2021-FEBS Journal
Abstract: The Sec61 complex is the major protein translocation channel of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), where it plays a central role in the biogenesis of membrane and secretory proteins. Whilst Sec61-mediated protein translocation is typically coupled to polypeptide synthesis, suggestive of significant complexity, an obvious characteristic of this core translocation machinery is its surprising simplicity. Over thirty years after its initial discovery, we now understand that the Sec61 complex is in fact the central piece of an elaborate jigsaw puzzle, which can be partly solved using new research findings. We propose that the Sec61 complex acts as a dynamic hub for co-translational protein translocation at the ER, proactively recruiting a range of accessory complexes that enhance and regulate its function in response to different protein clients. It is now clear that the Sec61 complex does not have a monopoly on co-translational insertion, with some transmembrane proteins preferentially utilising the ER membrane complex instead. We also have a better understanding of post-insertion events, where at least one membrane-embedded chaperone complex can capture the newly inserted transmembrane domains of multi-span proteins and co-ordinate their assembly into a native structure. Having discovered this array of Sec61-associated components and competitors, our next challenge is to understand how they act together in order to expand the range and complexity of the membrane proteins that can be synthesised at the ER. Furthermore, this diversity of components and pathways may open up new opportunities for targeted therapeutic interventions designed to selectively modulate protein biogenesis at the ER.

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Topics: Sec61 (61%), Chaperone complex (59%), Transmembrane protein (55%) ... read more

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Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1038/S41580-021-00413-2
Ramanujan S. Hegde1, Robert J. Keenan2Institutions (2)
Abstract: Roughly one quarter of all genes code for integral membrane proteins that are inserted into the plasma membrane of prokaryotes or the endoplasmic reticulum membrane of eukaryotes. Multiple pathways are used for the targeting and insertion of membrane proteins on the basis of their topological and biophysical characteristics. Multipass membrane proteins span the membrane multiple times and face the additional challenges of intramembrane folding. In many cases, integral membrane proteins require assembly with other proteins to form multi-subunit membrane protein complexes. Recent biochemical and structural analyses have provided considerable clarity regarding the molecular basis of membrane protein targeting and insertion, with tantalizing new insights into the poorly understood processes of multipass membrane protein biogenesis and multi-subunit protein complex assembly.

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Topics: Integral membrane protein (73%), Membrane protein (71%), Protein complex assembly (59%) ... read more

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Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1083/JCB.202105004
Ákos Farkas1, Katherine E. Bohnsack1Institutions (1)
Abstract: Tail-anchored (TA) proteins fulfill diverse cellular functions within different organellar membranes. Their characteristic C-terminal transmembrane segment renders TA proteins inherently prone to aggregation and necessitates their posttranslational targeting. The guided entry of TA proteins (GET in yeast)/transmembrane recognition complex (TRC in humans) pathway represents a major route for TA proteins to the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). Here, we review important new insights into the capture of nascent TA proteins at the ribosome by the GET pathway pretargeting complex and the mechanism of their delivery into the ER membrane by the GET receptor insertase. Interestingly, several alternative routes by which TA proteins can be targeted to the ER have emerged, raising intriguing questions about how selectivity is achieved during TA protein capture. Furthermore, mistargeting of TA proteins is a fundamental cellular problem, and we discuss the recently discovered quality control machineries in the ER and outer mitochondrial membrane for displacing mislocalized TA proteins.

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2 Citations

Open accessPosted ContentDOI: 10.1101/2021.08.02.454725
02 Aug 2021-bioRxiv
Abstract: Two multisubunit protein complexes for membrane protein insertion were recently identified in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER): The guided entry of tail anchor proteins (GET) complex and ER membrane complex (EMC). The structures of both of their hydrophobic core subunits, that are required for the insertion reaction, revealed an overall similarity to the YidC/Oxa1/Alb3 family members found in bacteria, mitochondria and chloroplasts. This suggests that these membrane insertion machineries all share a common ancestry. To test whether these ER proteins can functionally replace Oxa1 in yeast mitochondria, we generated strains that express mitochondria-targeted Get2-Get1 and Emc6-Emc3 fusion proteins in Oxa1 deletion mutants. Interestingly, the Emc6-Emc3 fusion was able to complement an{Delta} oxa1 mutant and restored its respiratory competence. The Emc6-Emc3 fusion promoted the insertion of the mitochondrially encoded protein Cox2 as well as of nuclear encoded inner membrane proteins though was not able to facilitate the assembly of the Atp9 ring. Our observations indicate that protein insertion into the ER is functionally conserved to the insertion mechanism in bacteria and mitochondria and adheres to similar topological principles.

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Topics: Membrane protein (58%), Transmembrane protein (57%), Fusion protein (55%) ... read more

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Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1093/NAR/GKX1013
Heonjong Han1, Jae Won Cho1, Sang Young Lee1, Ayoung Yun1  +16 moreInstitutions (2)
Abstract: Transcription factors (TFs) are major trans-acting factors in transcriptional regulation. Therefore, elucidating TF-target interactions is a key step toward understanding the regulatory circuitry underlying complex traits such as human diseases. We previously published a reference TF-target interaction database for humans-TRRUST (Transcriptional Regulatory Relationships Unraveled by Sentence-based Text mining)-which was constructed using sentence-based text mining, followed by manual curation. Here, we present TRRUST v2 ( with a significant improvement from the previous version, including a significantly increased size of the database consisting of 8444 regulatory interactions for 800 TFs in humans. More importantly, TRRUST v2 also contains a database for TF-target interactions in mice, including 6552 TF-target interactions for 828 mouse TFs. TRRUST v2 is also substantially more comprehensive and less biased than other TF-target interaction databases. We also improved the web interface, which now enables prioritization of key TFs for a physiological condition depicted by a set of user-input transcriptional responsive genes. With the significant expansion in the database size and inclusion of the new web tool for TF prioritization, we believe that TRRUST v2 will be a versatile database for the study of the transcriptional regulation involved in human diseases.

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568 Citations

Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1038/35020586
James C. Samuelson1, Minyong Chen1, Fenglei Jiang1, Ines Möller2  +4 moreInstitutions (4)
10 Aug 2000-Nature
Abstract: The basic machinery for the translocation of proteins into or across membranes is remarkably conserved from Escherichia coli to humans. In eukaryotes, proteins are inserted into the endoplasmic reticulum using the signal recognition particle (SRP) and the SRP receptor, as well as the integral membrane Sec61 trimeric complex (composed of alpha, beta and gamma subunits). In bacteria, most proteins are inserted by a related pathway that includes the SRP homologue Ffh, the SRP receptor FtsY, and the SecYEG trimeric complex, where Y and E are related to the Sec61 alpha and gamma subunits, respectively. Proteins in bacteria that exhibit no dependence on the Sec translocase were previously thought to insert into the membrane directly without the aid of a protein machinery. Here we show that membrane insertion of two Sec-independent proteins requires YidC. YidC is essential for E. coli viability and homologues are present in mitochondria and chloroplasts. Depletion of YidC also interferes with insertion of Sec-dependent membrane proteins, but it has only a minor effect on the export of secretory proteins. These results provide evidence for an additional component of the translocation machinery that is specialized for the integration of membrane proteins.

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525 Citations

Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1038/NSMB.3216
Kaspar P. Locher1Institutions (1)
Abstract: ABC transporters catalyze transport reactions, such as the high-affinity uptake of micronutrients into bacteria and the export of cytotoxic compounds from mammalian cells. Crystal structures of ABC domains and full transporters have provided a framework for formulating reaction mechanisms of ATP-driven substrate transport, but recent studies have suggested remarkable mechanistic diversity within this protein family. This review evaluates the differing mechanistic proposals and outlines future directions for the exploration of ABC-transporter-catalyzed reactions.

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440 Citations

Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1016/J.CELL.2008.06.025
Maya Schuldiner1, Jutta Metz2, Volker Schmid2, Vladimir Denic1  +4 moreInstitutions (3)
22 Aug 2008-Cell
Abstract: Tail-anchored (TA) proteins, defined by the presence of a single C-terminal transmembrane domain (TMD), play critical roles throughout the secretory pathway and in mitochondria, yet the machinery responsible for their proper membrane insertion remains poorly characterized. Here we show that Get3, the yeast homolog of the TA-interacting factor Asna1/Trc40, specifically recognizes TMDs of TA proteins destined for the secretory pathway. Get3 recognition represents a key decision step, whose loss can lead to misinsertion of TA proteins into mitochondria. Get3-TA protein complexes are recruited for endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane insertion by the Get1/Get2 receptor. In vivo, the absence of Get1/Get2 leads to cytosolic aggregation of Get3-TA complexes and broad defects in TA protein biogenesis. In vitro reconstitution demonstrates that the Get proteins directly mediate insertion of newly synthesized TA proteins into ER membranes. Thus, the GET complex represents a critical mechanism for ensuring efficient and accurate targeting of TA proteins.

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Topics: Membrane protein (63%), Peripheral membrane protein (60%), Integral membrane protein (60%) ... read more

408 Citations

Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1038/NATURE12521
19 Sep 2013-Nature
Abstract: β-barrel membrane proteins are essential for nutrient import, signalling, motility and survival. In Gram-negative bacteria, the β-barrel assembly machinery (BAM) complex is responsible for the biogenesis of β-barrel membrane proteins, with homologous complexes found in mitochondria and chloroplasts. Here we describe the structure of BamA, the central and essential component of the BAM complex, from two species of bacteria: Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Haemophilus ducreyi. BamA consists of a large periplasmic domain attached to a 16-strand transmembrane β-barrel domain. Three structural features shed light on the mechanism by which BamA catalyses β-barrel assembly. First, the interior cavity is accessible in one BamA structure and conformationally closed in the other. Second, an exterior rim of the β-barrel has a distinctly narrowed hydrophobic surface, locally destabilizing the outer membrane. And third, the β-barrel can undergo lateral opening, suggesting a route from the interior cavity in BamA into the outer membrane.

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Topics: Bama (58%), Beta barrel (57%), Bacterial outer membrane (57%) ... read more

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