Signal recognition particle, SRP14 subunit (IPR003210)

Short name: Signal_recog_particle_SRP14

Overlapping homologous superfamilies

Family relationships



The signal recognition particle (SRP) is a multimeric protein, which along with its conjugate receptor (SR), is involved in targeting secretory proteins to the rough endoplasmic reticulum (RER) membrane in eukaryotes, or to the plasma membrane in prokaryotes [PMID: 17622352, PMID: 16469117]. SRP recognises the signal sequence of the nascent polypeptide on the ribosome. In eukaryotes this retards its elongation until SRP docks the ribosome-polypeptide complex to the RER membrane via the SR receptor [PMID: 12605305]. Eukaryotic SRP consists of six polypeptides (SRP9, SRP14, SRP19, SRP54, SRP68 and SRP72) and a single 300 nucleotide 7S RNA molecule. The RNA component catalyses the interaction of SRP with its SR receptor [PMID: 17507650]. In higher eukaryotes, the SRP complex consists of the Alu domain and the S domain linked by the SRP RNA. The Alu domain consists of a heterodimer of SRP9 and SRP14 bound to the 5' and 3' terminal sequences of SRP RNA. This domain is necessary for retarding the elongation of the nascent polypeptide chain, which gives SRP time to dock the ribosome-polypeptide complex to the RER membrane. In archaea, the SRP complex contains 7S RNA like its eukaryotic counterpart, yet only includes two of the six protein subunits found in the eukarytic complex: SRP19 and SRP54 [PMID: 12364595].

This entry represents the 14kDa SRP14 component. Both SRP9 and SRP14 have the same (beta)-alpha-beta(3)-alpha fold. The heterodimer has pseudo two-fold symmetry and is saddle-like, consisting of a curved six-stranded beta-sheet that has four helices packed on the convex side and an exposed concave surface lined with positively charged residues. The SRP9/SRP14 heterodimer is essential for SRP RNA binding, mediating the pausing of synthesis of ribosome associated nascent polypeptides that have been engaged by the targeting domain of SRP [PMID: 7730321].

GO terms

Biological Process

GO:0006614 SRP-dependent cotranslational protein targeting to membrane

Molecular Function

GO:0008312 7S RNA binding
GO:0030942 endoplasmic reticulum signal peptide binding

Cellular Component

GO:0005786 signal recognition particle, endoplasmic reticulum targeting

Contributing signatures

Signatures from InterPro member databases are used to construct an entry.