SEC72 encodes the 23-kD subunit of the Sec63p complex, an integral ER membrane protein complex that is required for translocation of presecretory proteins into the ER of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. DNA sequence analysis of SEC72 predicts a 21.6-kD protein with neither a signal peptide nor any transmembrane domains. Antibodies directed against a carboxyl-terminal peptide of Sec72p were used to confirm the membrane location of the protein. SEC72 is not essential for yeast cell growth, although an sec72 null mutant accumulates a subset of secretory precursors in vivo. Experiments using signal peptide chimeric proteins demonstrate that the sec72 translocation defect is associated with the signal peptide rather than with the mature region of the secretory precursor.

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