Summary: RNA helicase
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This family includes RNA helicases thought to be involved in duplex unwinding during viral RNA replication. Members of this family are found in a variety of single stranded RNA viruses.
Gorbalenya AE, Koonin EV, Donchenko AP, Blinov VM; , Nucleic Acids Res 1989;17:4713-4730.: Two related superfamilies of putative helicases involved in replication, recombination, repair and expression of DNA and RNA genomes. PUBMED:2546125 EPMC:2546125
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InterPro entry IPR000605
Helicases have been classified in 5 superfamilies (SF1-SF5). All of the proteins bind ATP and, consequently, all of them carry the classical Walker A (phosphate-binding loop or P-loop) and Walker B (Mg2+-binding aspartic acid) motifs. Superfamily 3 consists of helicases encoded mainly by small DNA viruses and some large nucleocytoplasmic DNA viruses [ PUBMED:11689653 , PUBMED:15037234 ]. Small viruses are very dependent on the host-cell machinery to replicate. SF3 helicase in small viruses is associated with an origin-binding domain. By pairing a domain that recognises the ori with a helicase, the virus can bypass the host-cell-based regulation pathway and initiate its own replication. The protein binds to the viral ori leading to origin unwinding. Cellular replication proteins are then recruited to the ori and the viral DNA is replicated.
In SF3 helicases the Walker A and Walker B motifs are separated by spacers of rather uniform, and relatively short, length. In addition to the A and B motifs this family is characterised by a third motif (C) which resides between the B motif and the C terminus of the conserved region. This motif consists of an Asn residue preceded by a run of hydrophobic residues [ PUBMED:2156730 ].
Several structures of SF3 helicases have been solved [ PUBMED:12774115 ]. They all possess the same core alpha/beta fold, consisting of a five-stranded parallel beta sheet flanked on both sides by several alpha helices. In contrast to SF1 and SF2 helicases, which have RecA-like core folds, the strand connectivity within the alpha/beta core domain is that of AAA+ proteins [ PUBMED:15718137 ]. The SF3 helicase proteins assemble into a hexameric ring.
Some proteins known to contain an SF3 helicase domain are listed below:
- Polyomavirus large T antigen. It initiates DNA unwinding and replication via interactions with the viral origin of replication.
- Papillomavirus E1 protein. An ATP-dependent DNA helicase required for initiation of viral DNA replication.
- Parvovirus Rep/NS1 protein, which is also required for the initiation of viral replication.
- Poxviridae and other large DNA viruses D5 protein.
- Bacteriophage DNA primase/helicase protein.
- Bacterial prophage DNA primase/helicase protein.
The entry represents the core alpha/beta fold of the SF3 helicase domain found predominantly in DNA viruses.
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|Molecular function||RNA binding (GO:0003723)|
|RNA helicase activity (GO:0003724)|
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AAA family proteins often perform chaperone-like functions that assist in the assembly, operation, or disassembly of protein complexes .
The clan contains the following 245 members:6PF2K AAA AAA-ATPase_like AAA_10 AAA_11 AAA_12 AAA_13 AAA_14 AAA_15 AAA_16 AAA_17 AAA_18 AAA_19 AAA_2 AAA_21 AAA_22 AAA_23 AAA_24 AAA_25 AAA_26 AAA_27 AAA_28 AAA_29 AAA_3 AAA_30 AAA_31 AAA_32 AAA_33 AAA_34 AAA_35 AAA_5 AAA_6 AAA_7 AAA_8 AAA_9 AAA_PrkA ABC_ATPase ABC_tran ABC_tran_Xtn Adeno_IVa2 Adenylsucc_synt ADK AFG1_ATPase AIG1 APS_kinase Arf ArsA_ATPase ATP-synt_ab ATP_bind_1 ATP_bind_2 ATPase ATPase_2 Bac_DnaA BCA_ABC_TP_C Beta-Casp bpMoxR BrxC_BrxD BrxL_ATPase Cas_Csn2 Cas_St_Csn2 CbiA CBP_BcsQ CDC73_C CENP-M CFTR_R CLP1_P CMS1 CoaE CobA_CobO_BtuR CobU cobW CPT CSM2 CTP_synth_N Cytidylate_kin Cytidylate_kin2 DAP3 DEAD DEAD_2 divDNAB DLIC DNA_pack_C DNA_pack_N DNA_pol3_delta DNA_pol3_delta2 DnaB_C dNK DO-GTPase1 DO-GTPase2 DUF1611 DUF2075 DUF2326 DUF2478 DUF257 DUF2813 DUF3584 DUF463 DUF4914 DUF5906 DUF6079 DUF815 DUF835 DUF87 DUF927 Dynamin_N Dynein_heavy Elong_Iki1 ELP6 ERCC3_RAD25_C Exonuc_V_gamma FeoB_N Fer4_NifH Flavi_DEAD FTHFS FtsK_SpoIIIE G-alpha Gal-3-0_sulfotr GBP GBP_C GpA_ATPase GpA_nuclease GTP_EFTU Gtr1_RagA Guanylate_kin GvpD_P-loop HDA2-3 Helicase_C Helicase_C_2 Helicase_C_4 Helicase_RecD HerA_C Herpes_Helicase Herpes_ori_bp Herpes_TK HydF_dimer HydF_tetramer Hydin_ADK IIGP IPPT IPT iSTAND IstB_IS21 KAP_NTPase KdpD Kinase-PPPase Kinesin KTI12 LAP1_C LpxK MCM MeaB MEDS Mg_chelatase Microtub_bd MipZ MMR_HSR1 MMR_HSR1_C MobB MukB Mur_ligase_M MutS_V Myosin_head NACHT NAT_N NB-ARC NOG1 NTPase_1 NTPase_P4 ORC3_N P-loop_TraG ParA Parvo_NS1 PAXNEB PduV-EutP PhoH PIF1 Ploopntkinase1 Ploopntkinase2 Ploopntkinase3 Podovirus_Gp16 Polyoma_lg_T_C Pox_A32 PPK2 PPV_E1_C PRK PSY3 Rad17 Rad51 Ras RecA ResIII RHD3_GTPase RhoGAP_pG1_pG2 RHSP RNA12 RNA_helicase Roc RsgA_GTPase RuvB_N SbcC_Walker_B SecA_DEAD Senescence Septin Sigma54_activ_2 Sigma54_activat SKI SMC_N SNF2-rel_dom SpoIVA_ATPase Spore_III_AA SRP54 SRPRB SulA Sulfotransfer_1 Sulfotransfer_2 Sulfotransfer_3 Sulfotransfer_4 Sulfotransfer_5 Sulphotransf SWI2_SNF2 T2SSE T4SS-DNA_transf TerL_ATPase Terminase_3 Terminase_6N Thymidylate_kin TIP49 TK TmcA_N TniB Torsin TraG-D_C tRNA_lig_kinase TrwB_AAD_bind TsaE UvrB UvrD-helicase UvrD_C UvrD_C_2 Viral_helicase1 VirC1 VirE YqeC Zeta_toxin Zot
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|Seed source:||Pfam-B_11 (release 3.0)|
|Number in seed:||99|
|Number in full:||1017|
|Average length of the domain:||99 aa|
|Average identity of full alignment:||20 %|
|Average coverage of the sequence by the domain:||8.06 %|
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build method: hmmbuild -o /dev/null HMM SEED
search method: hmmsearch -Z 61295632 -E 1000 --cpu 4 HMM pfamseq
|Family (HMM) version:||25|
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For those sequences which have a structure in the Protein DataBank, we use the mapping between UniProt, PDB and Pfam coordinate systems from the PDBe group, to allow us to map Pfam domains onto UniProt sequences and three-dimensional protein structures. The table below shows the structures on which the RNA_helicase domain has been found. There are 32 instances of this domain found in the PDB. Note that there may be multiple copies of the domain in a single PDB structure, since many structures contain multiple copies of the same protein sequence.
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AlphaFold Structure Predictions
The list of proteins below match this family and have AlphaFold predicted structures. Click on the protein accession to view the predicted structure.
|Protein||Predicted structure||External Information|
|A0A044RKA0||View 3D Structure||Click here|
|A0A044RTI5||View 3D Structure||Click here|
|A0A044RV77||View 3D Structure||Click here|
|A0A044S0H5||View 3D Structure||Click here|
|A0A044VEG9||View 3D Structure||Click here|
|Q54YG3||View 3D Structure||Click here|
|Q8G8D1||View 3D Structure||Click here|