Features of a twin-arginine signal peptide required for recognition by a Tat proofreading chaperone

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The twin-arginine translocation (Tat) system is a bacterial protein targeting pathway. Tat-targeted proteins display signal peptides containing a distinctive SRRxFLK 'twin-arginine' motif. The Escherichia coli trimethylamine N-oxide reductase (TorA) bears a bifunctional Tat signal peptide, which directs protein export and serves as a binding site for the TorD biosynthetic chaperone. Here, the physical interaction between TorD and the TorA signal peptide was investigated. A single substitution within the TorA signal peptide (L31Q) was sufficient to impair TorD binding. Screening of a random torD mutant library identified a variant TorD protein (Q7L) that displayed increased binding affinity for the TorA signal peptide. Structured summary: MINT-6796225, MINT-6796279, MINT-6796298, MINT-6796315, MINT-6796332, MINT-6796350, MINT-6796371, MINT-6796391, MINT-6796410, MINT-6796429, MINT-6796446, MINT-6796460:TorD (uniprotkb:P36662) physically interacts (MI:0218) with TorA (uniprotkb:P33225) by two-hybrid (MI:0018)MINT-6796515, MINT-6796563, MINT-6796589, MINT-6796624, MINT-6796648, MINT-6796666, MINT-6796770, MINT-6796750:TorA (uniprotkb:P33225) binds (MI:0407) to TorD (uniprotkb:P36662) by isothermal titration calorimetry (MI:0065). © 2008 Federation of European Biochemical Societies.




Buchanan, G., Maillard, J., Nabuurs, S. B., Richardson, D. J., Palmer, T., & Sargent, F. (2008). Features of a twin-arginine signal peptide required for recognition by a Tat proofreading chaperone. FEBS Letters, 582(29), 3979–3984. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.febslet.2008.10.049

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