Published on Mon Jul 26 2021

The cryo-EM structure of the chloroplast ClpP complex reveals an interaction with the co-chaperonin complex that inhibits ClpP proteolytic activity

Wang, N., Wang, Y., Zhao, Q., Zhang, X., Peng, C., Zhang, W., Liu, Y., Vallon, O., Schroda, M., Cong, Y., Liu, C.

Protein homeostasis in plastids is strategically regulated by the protein quality control system involving multiple chaperones and proteases. We determined the structure of the chloroplast ClpP complex from Chlamydomonas reinhardtiiby cryo-EM.

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Abstract

Protein homeostasis in plastids is strategically regulated by the protein quality control system involving multiple chaperones and proteases, among them the Clp protease. We determined the structure of the chloroplast ClpP complex from Chlamydomonas reinhardtiiby cryo-EM. ClpP contains two heptameric catalytic rings without any symmetry. The top ring contains one ClpR6, three ClpP4 and three ClpP5 subunits while the bottom ring is composed of three ClpP1C subunits and one each of the ClpR1-4 subunits. ClpR3, ClpR4 and ClpT4 subunits connect the two rings and stabilize the complex. The chloroplast Cpn11/20/23 co-chaperonin, a co-factor of Cpn60, forms a cap on the top of ClpP by protruding mobile loops into hydrophobic clefts at the surface of the top ring. The co-chaperonin repressed ClpP proteolytic activity in vitro. By regulating Cpn60 chaperone and ClpP protease activity, the co-chaperonin may play a role in coordinating protein folding and degradation in the chloroplast.