CAO, Signal recognition particle 43 kDa protein, chloroplastic
Also Known as
SR43C_ARATH, CAO, CPSRP43
Component of the chloroplast signal recognition particle pathway. Required for post-translational targeting of proteins into the thylakoid membrane but seems to be dispensable for co-translational targeting with a translating ribosome present. May be able to function independently of cpFTSY and FFC/cpSRP54 in targeting LHCPs to the thylakoids. Acts as a highly specific chaperone for LHCPs, preventing aggregation and being able to dissolve aggregates. Homodimer. Component of the cpSRP complex, composed of a FFC/cpSRP54 monomer and a CAO/cpSRP43 dimer. Interacts (via chromo domains 2 and 3) with ALB3 (via C-terminus), but not with ALB3L1/ALB4. Can interact simultaneously with ALB3 and FFC/cpSRP54. Interacts with LHCP and LTD.