The chloroplast envelope protease FTSH11 – Interaction with CPN60 and identification of potential substrates

Zach Adam*, Elinor Aviv-Sharon, Alona Keren-Paz, Leah Naveh, Mor Rozenberg, Alon Savidor, Junping Chen

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

26 Scopus citations


FTSH proteases are membrane-bound, ATP-dependent metalloproteases found in bacteria, mitochondria and chloroplasts. The product of one of the 12 genes encoding FTSH proteases in Arabidopsis, FTSH11, has been previously shown to be essential for acquired thermotolerance. However, the substrates of this protease, as well as the mechanism linking it to thermotolerance are largely unknown. To get insight into these, the FTSH11 knockout mutant was complemented with proteolytically active or inactive variants of this protease, tagged with HA-tag, under the control of the native promoter. Using these plants in thermotolerance assay demonstrated that the proteolytic activity, and not only the ATPase one, is essential for conferring thermotolerance. Immunoblot analyses of leaf extracts, isolated organelles and sub-fractionated chloroplast membranes localized FTSH11 mostly to chloroplast envelopes. Affinity purification followed by mass spectrometry analysis revealed interaction between FTSH11 and different components of the CPN60 chaperonin. In affinity enrichment assays, CPN60s as well as a number of envelope, stroma and thylakoid proteins were found associated with proteolytically inactive FTSH11. Comparative proteomic analysis of WT and knockout plants, grown at 20°C or exposed to 30°C for 6 h, revealed a plethora of upregulated chloroplast proteins in the knockout, some of them might be candidate substrates. Among these stood out TIC40, which was stabilized in the knockout line after recovery from heat stress, and three proteins that were found trapped in the affinity enrichment assay: the nucleotide antiporter PAPST2, the fatty acid binding protein FAP1 and the chaperone HSP70. The consistent behavior of these four proteins in different assays suggest that they are potential FTSH11 substrates.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number428
JournalFrontiers in Plant Science
StatePublished - 22 Mar 2019

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 Adam, Aviv-Sharon, Keren-Paz, Naveh, Rozenberg, Savidor and Chen.


  • AAA protease
  • CPN60
  • Chloroplast
  • Envelope
  • FTSH11
  • Proteolysis


Dive into the research topics of 'The chloroplast envelope protease FTSH11 – Interaction with CPN60 and identification of potential substrates'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this