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Eur J Biochem. 1984 Jul 16;142(2):343-6.

Transport of proteins into chloroplasts. The precursor of small subunit of ribulose bisphosphate carboxylase is processed to the mature size in two steps.

Abstract

The precursor of the small subunit of ribulose bisphosphate carboxylase in Pisum sativum (relative molecular mass 20 000) is processed to the mature size (relative molecular mass 14 000) by the purified processing enzyme in two steps. The maturation proceeds via an intermediate of Mr 18 000. Both processing reactions may be carried out by the same enzyme although different residues are involved in the two cleavage sites. The second cleavage is inhibited if the precursor is pre-incubated with iodoacetate. The processing intermediate cannot be detected during the uptake of the precursor by intact isolated chloroplasts but iodoacetate-treated precursor is taken up and converted to a number of polypeptides of Mr 18 000 and below.

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