Hidenobu Fujita

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Polypeptide chains synthesized by membrane-bound ribosomes are translocated through, and integrated into, the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane by means of the protein translocation channel, the translocon. Positive charges on the nascent chain determine the orientation of the hydrophobic segment as it is inserted into the translocon and enhance the(More)
Positively charged amino acid residues are well recognized topology determinants of membrane proteins. They contribute to the stop-translocation of a polypeptide translocating through the translocon and to determine the orientation of signal sequences penetrating the membrane. Here we analyzed the function of these positively charged residues during(More)
Various proteins are translocated through and inserted into the endoplasmic reticulum membrane via translocon channels. The hydrophobic segments of signal sequences initiate translocation, and those on translocating polypeptides interrupt translocation to be inserted into the membrane. Positive charges suppress translocation to regulate the orientation of(More)
Nascent polypeptide chains synthesized by membrane bound ribosomes are cotranslationally translocated through and integrated into the endoplasmic reticulum translocon. Hydrophobic segments and positive charges on the chain are critical to halt the ongoing translocation. A marginally hydrophobic segment, which cannot be inserted into the membrane by itself,(More)
Many membrane proteins are integrated into the endoplasmic reticulum membrane through the protein-conducting channel, the translocon. Transmembrane segments with insufficient hydrophobicity for membrane integration are frequently found in multispanning membrane proteins, and such marginally hydrophobic (mH) segments should be accommodated, at least(More)
Many polypeptide chains are translocated across and integrated into the endoplasmic reticulum membrane through protein-conducting channels. During the process, amino acid sequences of translocating polypeptide chains are scanned by the channels and classified to be retained in the membrane or translocated into the lumen. We established an experimental(More)
Many membrane proteins are cotranslationally integrated into the endoplasmic reticulum membrane via the protein-conducting channel, the so-called translocon. The hydrophobic transmembrane segment of the translocating nascent polypeptide chain stops at the translocon and then moves laterally into the membrane. Partitioning of the hydrophobic segment into the(More)
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