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Family: Transferrin (PF00405)

Summary: Transferrin

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InterPro entry IPR001156

Transferrins are eukaryotic iron-binding glycoproteins that control the level of free iron in biological fluids [PUBMED:3032619]. Evidence suggests that members of the TF family arose from the duplication and fusion of two homologous domains, with each duplicated domain binding one iron atom. Members of the family include blood serotransferrin (siderophilin); milk lactotransferrin (lactoferrin); egg white ovotransferrin (conalbumin); and membrane-associated melanotransferrin. Family members that do not bind iron have also been discovered, including inhibitor of carbonic anhydrase (ICA), which strongly binds to and inhibits certain isoforms of carbonic anhydrase [PUBMED:20572014].

This entry represents the transferrin-like domain, which can be further divided into two subdomains that form a cleft inside of which the iron atom is bound in iron-transporting transferrin [PUBMED:2585506]. The iron-coordinating residues consist of an aspartic acid, two tyrosines and a histidine, as well as an arginine that coordinates a requisite anion. In addition to iron and anion liganding residues, the transferrin-like domain contains conserved cysteine residues involved in disulphide bond formation.

Domain organisation

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Pfam Clan

This family is a member of clan PBP (CL0177), which has the following description:

Periplasmic binding proteins (PBPs) consist of two large lobes that close around the bound ligand. This architecture is reiterated in transcriptional regulators, such as the lac repressors. In the process of evolution, genes encoding the PBPs have fused with genes for integral membrane proteins. Thus, diverse mammalian receptors contain extracellular ligand binding domains that are homologous to the PBPs; these include glutamate/glycine-gated ion channels such as the NMDA receptor, G protein-coupled receptors, including metabotropic glutamate, GABA-B, calcium sensing, and pheromone receptors, and atrial natriuretic peptide-guanylate cyclase receptors [2].

The clan contains the following 27 members:

DctP DUF3834 HisG Lig_chan-Glu_bd Lipoprotein_8 Lipoprotein_9 LysR_substrate Mycoplasma_p37 NMT1 NMT1_2 NMT1_3 OpuAC PBP_like PBP_like_2 PDT Phosphonate-bd Porphobil_deam SBP_bac_1 SBP_bac_11 SBP_bac_3 SBP_bac_5 SBP_bac_6 SBP_bac_8 TctC Transferrin VitK2_biosynth YhfZ_C

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Seed source: Prosite
Previous IDs: transferrin;
Type: Domain
Sequence Ontology: SO:0000417
Author: Finn RD
Number in seed: 8
Number in full: 2554
Average length of the domain: 283.00 aa
Average identity of full alignment: 29 %
Average coverage of the sequence by the domain: 83.90 %

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build method: hmmbuild -o /dev/null HMM SEED
search method: hmmsearch -Z 47079205 -E 1000 --cpu 4 HMM pfamseq
Model details:
Parameter Sequence Domain
Gathering cut-off 20.3 20.3
Trusted cut-off 20.3 20.3
Noise cut-off 20.2 20.0
Model length: 329
Family (HMM) version: 18
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Interactions

There are 12 interactions for this family. More...

Porin_1 MHC_II_alpha Peptidase_S8 Plug MHC_II_beta Porin_1 TonB_dep_Rec TbpB_B_D TFR_dimer Lectin_legB TbpB_B_D Transferrin

Structures

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