Summary: ADP-ribosylation factor family
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ADP Ribosylation Factors (ARFs) are members of the ARF family of GTP-binding proteins of the Ras superfamily. ARF family proteins are ubiquitous in eukaryotic cells, and six highly conserved members of the family have been identified in mammalian cells. Although ARFs are soluble, they generally associate with membranes because of N-terminus myristoylation. They function as regulators of vesicular traffic and actin remodelling.
The small ADP ribosylation factor (Arf) GTP-binding proteins are major regulators of vesicle biogenesis in intracellular traffic. They are the founding members of a growing family that includes Arl (Arf-like), Arp (Arf-related proteins) and the remotely related Sar (Secretion-associated and Ras-related) proteins. Arf proteins cycle between inactive GDP-bound and active GTP-bound forms that bind selectively to effectors. The classical structural GDP/GTP switch is characterised by conformational changes at the so-called switch 1 and switch 2 regions, which bind tightly to the gamma-phosphate of GTP but poorly or not at all to the GDP nucleotide. Structural studies of Arf1 and Arf6 have revealed that although these proteins feature the switch 1 and 2 conformational changes, they depart from other small GTP-binding proteins in that they use an additional, unique switch to propagate structural information from one side of the protein to the other.
The GDP/GTP structural cycles of human Arf1 and Arf6 feature a unique conformational change that affects the beta2beta3 strands connecting switch 1 and switch 2 (interswitch) and also the amphipathic helical N-terminus. In GDP-bound Arf1 and Arf6, the interswitch is retracted and forms a pocket to which the N-terminal helix binds, the latter serving as a molecular hasp to maintain the inactive conformation. In the GTP-bound form of these proteins, the interswitch undergoes a two-residue register shift that pulls switch 1 and switch 2 up, restoring an active conformation that can bind GTP. In this conformation, the interswitch projects out of the protein and extrudes the N-terminal hasp by occluding its binding pocket.
ARFs regularly associate with two types of protein, those involved in catalyzing GTP/GDP exchange, and those that serve other functions.
GTP/GDP exchange proteins
ARF binds to two forms of the guanosine nucleotide, guanosine triphosphate (GTP) and guanosine diphosphate (GDP). The shape of the ARF molecule is dependent upon the form to which it is bound, allowing it to serve in a regulatory capacity. ARF requires assistance from other proteins in order to switch between binding to GTP and GDP. GTPase activating proteins (GAPs) force ARF to hydrolyze bound GTP to GDP, and Guanine nucleotide exchange factors force ARF to adopt a new GTP molecule in place of a bound GDP.
Other proteins interact with ARF, depending upon whether or not it is bound to GTP or GDP. The active form, ARF*GTP, binds to vesicle coat proteins and adaptors, including coat protein I (COPI) and various phospholipids. The inactive form is only known to bind to a class of transmembrane proteins. Different types of ARF bind specifically different kinds of effector proteins.
There are currently 6 known mammalian ARF proteins, which are divided into three classes of ARFs:
ARFs are small proteins of approximately 20 kD in size. They contain two switch regions, which change relative positions between cycles of GDP/GTP-binding. ARFs are frequently myristoylated in their N-terminal region, which contributes to their membrane association.
Human genes encoding proteins containing this domain include:
- ARF1 ARF3 ARF4 ARF5 ARF6 ARFRP1
- ARL1 ARL2 ARL2L1 ARL3 ARL4A ARL4C ARL4D ARL5 ARL5A ARL5B
- ARL10 ARL11 ARL13A ARL13B ARL14 ARL15 ARL16 ARL17
- ARL6 ARL7 ARL8A ARL8B ARL9
- SAR1A SAR1B SAR1P3 SARA1 TRIM23
- Donaldson JG, Honda A (2005). "Localization and function of Arf family GTPases". Biochemical Society Transactions. 33 (4): 639–642. doi:10.1042/BST0330639. PMID 16042562.
- Nie Z, Hirsch DS, Randazzo PA (2003). "Arf and its many interactors". Current opinion in cell biology. 15 (4): 396–404. doi:10.1016/S0955-0674(03)00071-1. PMID 12892779.
- Amor JC, Harrison DH, Kahn RA, Ringe D (1994). "Structure of the human ADP-ribosylation factor 1 complexed with GDP". Nature. 372 (6507): 704–708. doi:10.1038/372704a0. PMID 7990966.
- Moss J, Vaughan M; Vaughan (1995). "Structure and function of ARF proteins: Activators of cholera toxin and critical components of intracellular vesicular transport processes". The Journal of Biological Chemistry. 270 (21): 12327–12330. doi:10.1074/jbc.270.21.12327. PMID 7759471.
- Boman AL, Kahn RA; Kahn (1995). "Arf proteins: The membrane traffic police?". Trends in Biochemical Sciences. 20 (4): 147–150. doi:10.1016/s0968-0004(00)88991-4. PMID 7770914.
- Kahn RA, Kern FG, Clark J, Gelmann EP, Rulka C (1991). "Human ADP-ribosylation factors. A functionally conserved family of GTP-binding proteins". The Journal of Biological Chemistry. 266 (4): 2606–2614. PMID 1899243.
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Moss J, Vaughan M; , J. Biol. Chem. 1995;270:12327-12330.: Structure and function of ARF proteins: Activators of cholera toxin and critical components of intracellular vesicular transport processes. PUBMED:7759471 EPMC:7759471
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|SCOOP:||6PF2K AAA AAA_14 AAA_15 AAA_16 AAA_18 AAA_22 AAA_23 AAA_24 AAA_33 ABC_tran AIG1 ArgK ATP_bind_1 ATPase_2 cobW DLIC Dynamin_N FeoB_N G-alpha GTP_EFTU Gtr1_RagA IIGP MMR_HSR1 MMR_HSR1_Xtn MnmE_helical NACHT NOG1 PduV-EutP PET117 Ras RNA_helicase Roc RsgA_GTPase Septin SRPRB TniB|
|Similarity to PfamA using HHSearch:||AAA GTP_EFTU Ras G-alpha G-alpha MMR_HSR1 FeoB_N cobW ATP_bind_1 ArgK Gtr1_RagA Roc SRPRB PduV-EutP MnmE_helical AAA_22|
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|PROSITE:||PDOC00781 PDOC00017 PDOC01020|
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InterPro entry IPR006689
Small GTPases form an independent superfamily within the larger class of regulatory GTP hydrolases. This superfamily contains proteins that control a vast number of important processes and possess a common, structurally preserved GTP-binding domain [PUBMED:2122258, PUBMED:1898771]. Sequence comparisons of small G proteins from various species have revealed that they are conserved in primary structures at the level of 30-55% similarity [PUBMED:2029511].
Crystallographic analysis of various small G proteins revealed the presence of a 20 kDa catalytic domain that is unique for the whole superfamily [PUBMED:1898771, PUBMED:2196171]. The domain is built of five alpha helices (A1-A5), six beta-strands (B1-B6) and five polypeptide loops (G1-G5). A structural comparison of the GTP- and GDP-bound form, allows one to distinguish two functional loop regions: switch I and switch II that surround the gamma-phosphate group of the nucleotide. The G1 loop (also called the P-loop) that connects the B1 strand and the A1 helix is responsible for the binding of the phosphate groups. The G3 loop provides residues for Mg(2+) and phosphate binding and is located at the N terminus of the A2 helix. The G1 and G3 loops are sequentially similar to Walker A and Walker B boxes that are found in other nucleotide binding motifs. The G2 loop connects the A1 helix and the B2 strand and contains a conserved Thr residue responsible for Mg(2+) binding. The guanine base is recognised by the G4 and G5 loops. The consensus sequence NKXD of the G4 loop contains Lys and Asp residues directly interacting with the nucleotide. Part of the G5 loop located between B6 and A5 acts as a recognition site for the guanine base [PUBMED:11995995].
The small GTPase superfamily can be divided into at least 8 different families, including:
- Arf small GTPases. GTP-binding proteins involved in protein trafficking by modulating vesicle budding and uncoating within the Golgi apparatus.
- Ran small GTPases. GTP-binding proteins involved in nucleocytoplasmic transport. Required for the import of proteins into the nucleus and also for RNA export.
- Rab small GTPases. GTP-binding proteins involved in vesicular traffic.
- Rho small GTPases. GTP-binding proteins that control cytoskeleton reorganisation.
- Ras small GTPases. GTP-binding proteins involved in signalling pathways.
- Sar1 small GTPases. Small GTPase component of the coat protein complex II (COPII) which promotes the formation of transport vesicles from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER).
- Mitochondrial Rho (Miro). Small GTPase domain found in mitochondrial proteins involved in mitochondrial trafficking.
- Roc small GTPases domain. Small GTPase domain always found associated with the COR domain.
This entry represents a branch of the small GTPase superfamily that includes the ADP ribosylation factor Arf, Arl (Arf-like), Arp (Arf-related proteins) and the remotely related Sar (Secretion-associated and Ras-related) proteins. Arf proteins are major regulators of vesicle biogenesis in intracellular traffic [PUBMED:12429613]. They cycle between inactive GDP-bound and active GTP-bound forms that bind selectively to effectors. The classical structural GDP/GTP switch is characterised by conformational changes at the so-called switch 1 and switch 2 regions, which bind tightly to the gamma-phosphate of GTP but poorly or not at all to the GDP nucleotide. Structural studies of Arf1 and Arf6 have revealed that although these proteins feature the switch 1 and 2 conformational changes, they depart from other small GTP-binding proteins in that they use an additional, unique switch to propagate structural information from one side of the protein to the other.
The GDP/GTP structural cycles of human Arf1 and Arf6 feature a unique conformational change that affects the beta2-beta3 strands connecting switch 1 and switch 2 (interswitch) and also the amphipathic helical N terminus. In GDP-bound Arf1 and Arf6, the interswitch is retracted and forms a pocket to which the N-terminal helix binds, the latter serving as a molecular hasp to maintain the inactive conformation. In the GTP-bound form of these proteins, the interswitch undergoes a two-residue register shift that pulls switch 1 and switch 2 up, restoring an active conformation that can bind GTP. In this conformation, the interswitch projects out of the protein and extrudes the N-terminal hasp by occluding its binding pocket.
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|Molecular function||GTP binding (GO:0005525)|
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|Number in seed:||20|
|Number in full:||11606|
|Average length of the domain:||160.30 aa|
|Average identity of full alignment:||34 %|
|Average coverage of the sequence by the domain:||74.43 %|
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