Depletion of SecDF-YajC causes a decrease in the level of SecG: implication for their functional interaction.FEBS Lett 2003; 550(1-3):114-8FL
SecA and an apparatus comprising SecYEG and SecDF-YajC complexes catalyze protein translocation across the Escherichia coli membrane. SecDF-YajC and SecG facilitate membrane insertion of SecA, which is the driving force for protein translocation. Here we report that SecDF-YajC depletion together with SecG depletion nearly completely inhibits protein translocation both in vivo and in vitro, although SecDF-YajC had been thought to be unnecessary for in vitro translocation. The level of SecG in membranes decreased to about half upon SecDF-YajC depletion and recovered to a normal level when SecDF-YajC was expressed. SecDF-YajC inhibited disulfide bond formation between two SecG molecules possessing a single cysteine residue. These results suggest functional interaction between SecDF-YajC and SecG.