A general mechanism for regulation of access to the translocon: competition for a membrane attachment site on ribosomes.


For proteins to enter the secretory pathway, the membrane attachment site (M-site) on ribosomes must bind cotranslationally to the Sec61 complex present in the endoplasmic reticulum membrane. The signal recognition particle (SRP) and its receptor (SR) are required for targeting, and the nascent polypeptide associated complex (NAC) prevents inappropriate… (More)

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