POTRA: a conserved domain in the FtsQ family and a class of beta-barrel outer membrane proteins

Trends Biochem Sci. 2003 Oct;28(10):523-6. doi: 10.1016/j.tibs.2003.08.003.


POTRA (for polypeptide-transport-associated domain) is a novel domain identified in proteins of the ShlB, Toc75, D15 and FtsQ/DivIB families. In most cases, the POTRA domain is associated with a beta-barrel outer membrane domain and its function has been experimentally related to polypeptide transport in Toc75 (Tic-Toc protein import system in chloroplast) and ShlB families. In addition to potential key roles in protein transport across the outer membrane and in bacterial septation, the POTRA domain has attractive features for vaccine development in diseases such as cholera, meningitis, gonorrhoea and syphilis.

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Motifs
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Bacterial Proteins / chemistry*
  • Catalytic Domain
  • Cell Membrane / metabolism*
  • Escherichia coli Proteins*
  • Membrane Proteins / chemistry*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Protein Structure, Secondary
  • Protein Structure, Tertiary
  • Protein Transport


  • Bacterial Proteins
  • Escherichia coli Proteins
  • FtsQ protein, E coli
  • Membrane Proteins