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EMBO J. 2000 Feb 15;19(4):542-9.

YidC, the Escherichia coli homologue of mitochondrial Oxa1p, is a component of the Sec translocase.

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  • 1Department of Microbiology, Institute of Molecular Biological Sciences, Biocentrum Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1087, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


In Escherichia coli, both secretory and inner membrane proteins initially are targeted to the core SecYEG inner membrane translocase. Previous work has also identified the peripherally associated SecA protein as well as the SecD, SecF and YajC inner membrane proteins as components of the translocase. Here, we use a cross-linking approach to show that hydrophilic portions of a co-translationally targeted inner membrane protein (FtsQ) are close to SecA and SecY, suggesting that insertion takes place at the SecA/Y interface. The hydrophobic FtsQ signal anchor sequence contacts both lipids and a novel 60 kDa translocase-associated component that we identify as YidC. YidC is homologous to Saccharomyces cerevisiae Oxa1p, which has been shown to function in a novel export pathway at the mitochondrial inner membrane. We propose that YidC is involved in the insertion of hydrophobic sequences into the lipid bilayer after initial recognition by the SecAYEG translocase.

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