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Family: Activin_recp (PF01064)

Summary: Activin types I and II receptor domain

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Activin types I and II receptor domain
Symbol Activin_recp
Pfam PF01064
InterPro IPR000472
SCOP 1tbi

An Activin receptor is a receptor which binds activin.

Types include:

These proteins are receptor-type kinases of Ser/Thr type, which have a single transmembrane domain and a specific hydrophilic Cys-rich ligand-binding domain.[1][2][3]

Human proteins containing this domain



  1. ^ Wrana JL, Attisano L (1996). "Signal transduction by members of the transforming growth factor-beta superfamily". Cytokine Growth Factor Rev. 7 (4): 327–339. doi:10.1016/S1359-6101(96)00042-1. PMID 9023056. 
  2. ^ Wrana JL, Attisano L, Wieser R, Ventura F, Massague J (1994). "Mechanism of activation of the TGF-beta receptor". Nature 370 (6488): 341–347. doi:10.1038/370341a0. PMID 8047140. 
  3. ^ Massague J, Weis-Garcia F (1996). "Serine/threonine kinase receptors: mediators of transforming growth factor beta family signals". Cancer Surv. 27: 41–64. PMID 8909794. 

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This Pfam entry consists of both TGF-beta receptor types. This is an alignment of the hydrophilic cysteine-rich ligand-binding domains, Both receptor types, (type I and II) posses a 9 amino acid cysteine box, with the the consensus CCX{4-5}CN. The type I receptors also possess 7 extracellular residues preceding the cysteine box.

Literature references

  1. Baker JC, Harland RM; , Curr Opin Genet Dev 1997;7:467-473.: From receptor to nucleus: the Smad pathway. PUBMED:9309176 EPMC:9309176

  2. Kingsley DM; , Genes Dev 1994;8:133-146.: The TGF-beta superfamily: new members, new receptors, and new genetic tests of function in different organisms. PUBMED:8299934 EPMC:8299934

  3. ten Dijke P, Ichijo H, Franzen P, Schulz P, Saras J, Toyoshima H, Heldin CH, Miyazono K; , Oncogene 1993;8:2879-2887.: Activin receptor-like kinases: a novel subclass of cell-surface receptors with predicted serine/threonine kinase activity. PUBMED:8397373 EPMC:8397373

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InterPro entry IPR000472

The Transforming growth factor-beta superfamily of ligands include: bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs), growth and differentiation factors (GDFs), anti-mullerian hormone (AMH), activin, nodal and TGF-beta (PROSITEDOC). Signalling begins with the binding of a TGF-beta superfamily ligand to a TGF-beta type II receptors. The type II receptors phosphorylate and activate type I receptors which autophosphorylate, then bind and activate SMAD transcriptional regulators [PUBMED:9759503].

The receptors for most of the members of this growth factor family are related. They are receptor-type kinases of Ser/Thr type, which have a single transmembrane domain and a specific hydrophilic Cys-rich ligand-binding domain [PUBMED:9023056, PUBMED:8047140, PUBMED:8909794]. The C-terminal part of the extracellular domain is conserved. Some of the receptors of this family contain subclass-specific N-terminal extensions of this homology domain. The type I receptors also possess 7 extracellular residues preceding the cysteine box.

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Pfam Clan

This family is a member of clan uPAR_Ly6_toxin (CL0117), which has the following description:

This superfamily contains snake toxins as well as extracellular cysteine rich domains.

The clan contains the following 7 members:

Activin_recp BAMBI ecTbetaR2 PLA2_inh Toxin_1 UPAR_LY6 UPAR_LY6_2


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Seed source: Pfam-B_338 (release 3.0)
Previous IDs: none
Type: Domain
Author: Finn RD, Bateman A, Griffiths-Jones SR
Number in seed: 20
Number in full: 965
Average length of the domain: 83.80 aa
Average identity of full alignment: 24 %
Average coverage of the sequence by the domain: 16.07 %

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Gathering cut-off 20.9 20.9
Trusted cut-off 20.9 20.9
Noise cut-off 20.8 20.8
Model length: 86
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Activin_recp ecTbetaR2 TGF_beta ecTbetaR2 TGF_beta


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