Co-expressed subunits of dual genetic origin define a conserved supercomplex mediating essential protein import into chloroplasts
Patrice A. Salomé,
Luke CM Mackinder,
Martin C Jonikas,
Sabeeha S. Merchant,
Posted 06 Jul 2020
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/2020.07.04.188128
Posted 06 Jul 2020
In photosynthetic eukaryotes, thousands of proteins are translated in the cytosol and imported into the chloroplast through the concerted action of two translocons -termed TOC and TIC- located in the outer and inner membranes of the chloroplast envelope, respectively. The degree to which the molecular composition of the TOC and TIC complexes is conserved over phylogenetic distances has remained controversial. Here, we combine transcriptomic, biochemical, and genetic tools in the green alga Chlamydomonas ( Chlamydomonas reinhardtii ) to demonstrate that, despite a lack of evident sequence conservation for some of its components, the algal TIC complex mirrors the molecular composition of a TIC complex from Arabidopsis thaliana . The Chlamydomonas TIC complex contains three nuclear-encoded subunits, Tic20, Tic56 and Tic100, and one chloroplast-encoded subunit, Tic214, and interacts with the TOC complex, as well as with several uncharacterized proteins to form a stable supercomplex (TicToc), indicating that protein import across both envelope membranes is mechanistically coupled. Expression of the nuclear and chloroplast genes encoding both known and the here newly identified TicToc components is highly coordinated, suggesting that a mechanism for regulating its biogenesis across compartmental boundaries must exist. Conditional repression of Tic214, the only chloroplast-encoded subunit in the TicToc complex, impairs the import of chloroplast proteins with essential roles in chloroplast ribosome biogenesis and protein folding and induces a pleiotropic stress response, including several proteins involved in the chloroplast unfolded protein response. These findings underscore the functional importance of the TicToc supercomplex in maintaining chloroplast proteostasis. ### Competing Interest Statement The authors have declared no competing interest.
- Downloaded 246 times
- Download rankings, all-time:
- Site-wide: 69,392 out of 100,745
- In plant biology: 2,109 out of 3,182
- Year to date:
- Site-wide: 20,906 out of 100,745
- Since beginning of last month:
- Site-wide: 19,459 out of 100,745
Downloads over time
Distribution of downloads per paper, site-wide
- 20 Oct 2020: Support for sorting preprints using Twitter activity has been removed, at least temporarily, until a new source of social media activity data becomes available.
- 18 Dec 2019: We're pleased to announce PanLingua, a new tool that enables you to search for machine-translated bioRxiv preprints using more than 100 different languages.
- 21 May 2019: PLOS Biology has published a community page about Rxivist.org and its design.
- 10 May 2019: The paper analyzing the Rxivist dataset has been published at eLife.
- 1 Mar 2019: We now have summary statistics about bioRxiv downloads and submissions.
- 8 Feb 2019: Data from Altmetric is now available on the Rxivist details page for every preprint. Look for the "donut" under the download metrics.
- 30 Jan 2019: preLights has featured the Rxivist preprint and written about our findings.
- 22 Jan 2019: Nature just published an article about Rxivist and our data.
- 13 Jan 2019: The Rxivist preprint is live!