Characterisation of a chloroplast-encoded sec Y homologue and atpH from a chromophytic alga Evidence for a novel chloroplast genome organisation

Carol D. Scaramuzzi*, Harold W. Stokes, Roger G. Hiller

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sec Y is a prokaryotic gene that encodes the SecY protein, an integral membrane component of the prokaryotic protein translocation apparatus. A chloroplast-encoded sec Y homologue has been identified in the unicellular, chromophytic alga, Pavlova lutherii. The gene predicts a protein composed of ten membrane-spanning regions, that is approximately 25% homologous and 50% similar to bacterial and plastid SecY proteins. The sec Y gene from P. lutherii is independent of the ribosomal protein (rp) gene cluster to which it is closely linked in other organisms. In P. lutherii sec Y is located 5′ to atpI and atpH. Since, in higher plants the atpIHFA gene cluster and the rp gene cluster are separated by approximately 50 kb, we conclude, this indicates a novel chloroplast gene arrangement in P. lutherii.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-123
Number of pages5
JournalFEBS Letters
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 1992


  • atpH
  • chloroplast genome
  • chromophyta
  • pavlova lutherii
  • protein translocation
  • sec Y

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