Summary: RNA polymerases M/15 Kd subunit
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|SCOOP:||2-thiour_desulf DZR Nudix_N_2 OrfB_Zn_ribbon zf-ACC zf-C4_Topoisom Zn_ribbon_recom|
|Similarity to PfamA using HHSearch:||zf-C4_Topoisom IBR zf-NADH-PPase zf-ribbon_3 Nudix_N_2|
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InterPro entry IPR001529
DNA-directed RNA polymerases EC (also known as DNA-dependent RNA polymerases) are responsible for the polymerisation of ribonucleotides into a sequence complementary to the template DNA. In eukaryotes, there are three different forms of DNA-directed RNA polymerases transcribing different sets of genes. Most RNA polymerases are multimeric enzymes and are composed of a variable number of subunits. The core RNA polymerase complex consists of five subunits (two alpha, one beta, one beta-prime and one omega) and is sufficient for transcription elongation and termination but is unable to initiate transcription. Transcription initiation from promoter elements requires a sixth, dissociable subunit called a sigma factor, which reversibly associates with the core RNA polymerase complex to form a holoenzyme [ PUBMED:3052291 ]. The core RNA polymerase complex forms a "crab claw"-like structure with an internal channel running along the full length [ PUBMED:10499798 ]. The key functional sites of the enzyme, as defined by mutational and cross-linking analysis, are located on the inner wall of this channel.
RNA synthesis follows after the attachment of RNA polymerase to a specific site, the promoter, on the template DNA strand. The RNA synthesis process continues until a termination sequence is reached. The RNA product, which is synthesised in the 5' to 3' direction, is known as the primary transcript.
Eukaryotic nuclei contain three distinct types of RNA polymerases that differ in the RNA they synthesise:
- RNA polymerase I: located in the nucleoli, synthesises precursors of most ribosomal RNAs.
- RNA polymerase II: occurs in the nucleoplasm, synthesises mRNA precursors.
- RNA polymerase III: also occurs in the nucleoplasm, synthesises the precursors of 5S ribosomal RNA, the tRNAs, and a variety of other small nuclear and cytosolic RNAs.
Eukaryotic cells are also known to contain separate mitochondrial and chloroplast RNA polymerases. Eukaryotic RNA polymerases, whose molecular masses vary in size from 500 to 700kDa, contain two non-identical large (>100kDa) subunits and an array of up to 12 different small (less than 50kDa) subunits.
In archaebacteria, there is generally a single form of RNA polymerase which also consist of an oligomeric assemblage of 10 to 13 polypeptides. It has recently been shown [ PUBMED:8265347 , PUBMED:8417319 ] that small subunits of about 15kDa, found in polymerase types I and II, are highly conserved. These proteins contain a probable zinc finger in their N-terminal region and a C-terminal zinc ribbon domain (see INTERPRO ).
Proteins containing this domain also include transcription factor S (TFS), a protein related in size and sequence to DNA-directed RNA polymerase subunit M, and in sequence and function to the much larger eukaryotic transcription factor IIS (TFIIS). Although originally suggested to be a subunit of the archaeal RNA polymerase (known as archaeal DNA-directed RNA polymerase subunit M), it elutes separately from active polymerase in gel filtration experiments and acts, like TFIIs, as an induction factor for RNA cleavage by RNA polymerase [ PUBMED:10777522 , PUBMED:15130130 ].
The mapping between Pfam and Gene Ontology is provided by InterPro. If you use this data please cite InterPro.
|Biological process||transcription, DNA-templated (GO:0006351)|
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A clan of zinc-binding ribbon domains.
The clan contains the following 89 members:A2L_zn_ribbon Auto_anti-p27 Baculo_LEF5_C CpXC DNA_RNApol_7kD DUF1451 DUF1936 DUF2072 DUF2116 DUF2180 DUF2387 DUF2614 DUF35_N DUF3945 DUF4379 DUF6574 DZR DZR_2 Elf1 GATA HVO_2753_ZBP Lar_restr_allev LIM MscL Mu-like_Com NinF NOB1_Zn_bind Nudix_N_2 Ogr_Delta OrfB_Zn_ribbon PriA_CRR Prim_Zn_Ribbon RecO_C Ribosomal_L32p Ribosomal_L33 Ribosomal_L37ae Ribosomal_L37e Ribosomal_L40e Ribosomal_L44 Ribosomal_S27 Ribosomal_S27e RNA_POL_M_15KD Rubredoxin_2 Spt4 Stc1 TF_Zn_Ribbon TFIIS_C Tnp_zf-ribbon_2 Topo_Zn_Ribbon Toprim_Crpt Trm112p UPF0547 YjdM_Zn_Ribbon zf-C4 zf-C4_ClpX zf-C4_Topoisom zf-CHC2 zf-CSL zf-dskA_traR zf-FPG_IleRS zf-GRF zf-ISL3 zf-NADH-PPase zf-PARP zf-RanBP zf-ribbon_3 zf-RING_7 zf-RRN7 zf-TFIIB zf-trcl zf-ZPR1 zf_PR_Knuckle zf_Rg zinc-ribbon_6 zinc-ribbons_6 zinc_ribbon_10 zinc_ribbon_11 zinc_ribbon_12 zinc_ribbon_13 zinc_ribbon_15 zinc_ribbon_2 zinc_ribbon_4 zinc_ribbon_5 zinc_ribbon_9 Zn-ribbon_8 Zn_ribbon_recom Zn_ribbon_SprT Zn_Tnp_IS1 Zn_Tnp_IS1595
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|Author:||Mian N , Bateman A|
|Number in seed:||9|
|Number in full:||3097|
|Average length of the domain:||36.3 aa|
|Average identity of full alignment:||35 %|
|Average coverage of the sequence by the domain:||23.25 %|
|HMM build commands:||
build method: hmmbuild -o /dev/null HMM SEED
search method: hmmsearch -Z 61295632 -E 1000 --cpu 4 HMM pfamseq
|Family (HMM) version:||19|
|Download:||download the raw HMM for this family|
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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_POL_M_15KD domain has been found. There are 289 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.