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Protein targeting to the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane is regulated by three GTPases, the 54 kDa subunit of the signal recognition particle (SRP) and the α- and β-subunits of the SRP receptor (SR). Using a soluble form of SR and an XTP-binding mutant of SRβ, we show that SRβ is essential for protein translocation across the ER membrane. SRβ can be cross-linked to a 21 kDa ribosomal protein in its empty and GDP-bound state, but not when GTP is bound. GTP binding to SRβ is required to induce signal sequence release from SRP. This is achieved by the presence of the translocon, which changes the interaction between the 21 kDa ribosomal protein and SRβ and thereby allows SRβ to bind GTP. We conclude that SRβ co-ordinates the release of the signal sequence from SRP with the presence of the translocon.

Original publication

DOI

10.1093/emboj/20.9.2338

Type

Journal article

Journal

EMBO Journal

Publication Date

01/05/2001

Volume

20

Pages

2338 - 2347