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GO_term: GO:0005855   

GO:0005855DefinitionA ribonucleoprotein particle of 325 kDa composed of a 7S (300 nucleotide) RNA molecule and a complex of six different polypeptides. This binds both to the N-terminal signal peptide for proteins destined for the endoplasmic reticulum as they emerge from the large ribosomal subunit and also to the ribosome. This binding arrests further translation thereby preventing the proteins from being released into the cytosol. The SRP-ribosome complex then diffuses to the endoplasmic reticulum where it is bound to the signal recognition particle receptor, which allows resumption of protein synthesis and facilitates the passage of the growing polypeptide chain through the translocon. Through a process involving GTP hydrolysis, the SRP-SRP receptor complex dissociates and SRP returns to the cytosol. Of the six polypeptides of SRP the 54 kDa subunit (SRP54) is the central player. It contains an N-terminal GTPase domain and a C-terminal domain that binds directly to the signal peptide and the SRP RNA. As in, but not restricted to, the eukaryotes (Eukaryota, ncbi_taxonomy_id:2759).
Term signal sequence receptor complex
signal recognition particle (sensu Eukaryota)
TypeCellular_component
Parent Instance_ofGO:0048500
Component_ofGO:0005737
Attributes_of Index Ancestor (23)
DescendentGO:0005855