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The Tat protein transport system is found in the cytoplasmic membrane of prokaryotes and the thylakoid membrane of plant chloroplasts. Unusually, the Tat system translocates proteins only after they have folded. Proteins are targeted to the Tat system by specific N-terminal signal peptides. High resolution structures have recently been determined for the TatA and TatC proteins that form the Tat translocation site. These structures provide a molecular framework for understanding the mechanism of Tat transport. The interactions between TatC and the signal peptide of the substrate protein can be provisionally modelled. However, the way that TatA and TatC combine in the active translocation site remains to be definitively established.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.sbi.2014.03.003

Type

Journal article

Journal

Curr Opin Struct Biol

Publication Date

08/2014

Volume

27

Pages

32 - 37

Keywords

Gene Products, tat, Protein Sorting Signals, Protein Transport