May 27, 2020

Understanding the mammalian TRAP complex function(s)

Open Biology
Antonietta Russo


In eukaryotic cells, about one-third of the synthesized proteins are translocated into the endoplasmic reticulum; they are membrane or lumen resident proteins and proteins direct to the Golgi apparatus. The co-translational translocation takes place through the heterotrimeric protein-conducting channel Sec61 which is associated with the ribosome and many accessory components, such as the heterotetrameric translocon-associated protein (TRAP) complex. Recently, microscopic techniques, such as cryo-electron microscopy and cryo-electron tomography, have enabled the determination of the translocation machinery structure. However, at present, there is a lack of understanding regarding the roles of some of its components; indeed, the TRAP complex function during co-translational translocation needs to be established. In addition, TRAP may play a role during unfolded protein response, endoplasmic-reticulum-associated protein degradation and congenital disorder of glycosylation (ssr4 CDG). In this article, I describe the current understanding of the TRAP complex in the light of its possible function(s).

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Regulation of Translation by Machinery Localization
Determination Aspects
SEC61 protein
Gene Products, Protein
Cryoelectron Microscopy
Structure of Lumen of Body System
Endoplasmic Reticulum
SSR4 protein, human
Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation

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