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Family: Nucleoporin_C (PF03177)

Summary: Non-repetitive/WGA-negative nucleoporin C-terminal

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Nucleoporin 133/155, N terminal
Protein NUP133 PDB 1xks.png
This domain has a 7-blade beta-propeller structure (PDB 1XKS).
Nucleoporin 133/155, C terminal (ACE2)
Protein NUP107 PDB 3CQC.png
NUP133 (this domain; right) interacting with NUP107 (PDB 3CQC).
FG repeat
Pfam clanCL0647

Nucleoporins are a family of proteins which are the constituent building blocks of the nuclear pore complex (NPC).[1] The nuclear pore complex is a massive structure embedded in the nuclear envelope at sites where the inner and outer nuclear membranes fuse, forming a gateway that regulates the flow of macromolecules between the cell nucleus and the cytoplasm. Nuclear pores enable the passive and facilitated transport of molecules across the nuclear envelope. Nucleoporins, a family of around 30 proteins, are the main components of the nuclear pore complex in eukaryotic cells. Nucleoporin 62 is the most abundant member of this family.[2] Nucleoporins are able to transport molecules across the nuclear envelope at a very high rate. A single NPC is able to transport 60,000 protein molecules across the nuclear envelope every minute.[3]


Nucleoporins mediate transport of macromolecules between the cell nucleus and cytoplasm in eukaryotes. Certain members of the nucleoporin family form the structural scaffolding of the nuclear pore complex. However, nucleoporins primarily function by interacting with transport molecules known as karyopherins, also known as Kaps[4] These karyopherins interact with nucleoporins that contain repeating sequences of the amino acids phenylalanine (F) and glycine (G) FG peptide repeats.[5] In doing so, karyopherins are able to shuttle their cargo across the nuclear envelope. Nucleoporins are only required for the transport of large hydrophilic molecules above 40 kDa, as smaller molecules pass through nuclear pores via passive diffusion. Nucleoporins play an important role in the transport of mRNA from the nucleus to the cytoplasm after transcription.[6] Depending on their function, certain nucleoporins are localized to either the cytosolic or nucleoplasmic side of the nuclear pore complex. Other nucleoporins may be found on both sides. It has been recently shown that FG nucleoporins have specific evolutionary conserved features encoded in their sequences that provide insight into how they regulate the transport of molecules through the nuclear pore complex (NPC).[7][8]


Nucleoporins aggregate to form a nuclear pore complex, an octagonal ring that traverses the nuclear envelope. The ring consists of eight scaffold sub-complexes, with two structural layers of COPII-like coating sandwiching some proteins that line the pore. From the cytoplasm to the nucleoplasm, the three layers of the ring complex is named the cytoplasm, inner pore, and nucleoplasm rings respectively. Different sets of proteins associate on either ring, and some transmembrane proteins anchor the assembly to the lipid bilayer.[9]

In a scaffold subcomplex, both the cytoplasm and the nucleoplasm rings are made up of Y-complexes, a protein complex built out of, among others, NUP133 and NUP107. On each end of each of the eight scaffolds are two Y-complexes, adding up to 32 complexes per pore.[9] The relationship of the membrane curvature of a nuclear pore with Y-complexes can be seen as analogous to the budding formation of a COPII coated vesicle.[3] The proteins lining the inner pore make up the NUP62 complex.[9]

On the nucleoplasm side, extra proteins associated with the ring form "the nuclear basket", a complex capable of tethering the nucleoporin to the nuclear lamina and even to specific parts of the genome.[9] The cytoplasmic end is less elaborate, with eight filaments projecting into the cytoplasm. They don't seem to have a role in nuclear import.[10]

Membrane nucleoporins associate with both the scaffold and the nuclear membrane. Some of them, like GP210, cross the entire membrane, others (like NUP98) act like nails with structural parts for the lining as well as parts that punch into the membrane.[9] NUP98 was previously thought to be a FG-nucleoporin, until it was demonstrated that the "FG" in it have a coiled-coil fold.[9]

Some nucleoporins contain FG-repeats. Named after phenylalanine and glycine, FG-repeats are small hydrophobic segments that break up long stretches of hydrophilic amino acids. These flexible parts form unfolded, or disordered segments without a fixed structure.[11] They form a mass of chains which allow smaller molecules to diffuse through, but exclude large hydrophilic macromolecules. These large molecules are only able to cross a nuclear pore if they are accompanied by a signaling molecule that temporarily interacts with a nucleoporin's FG-repeat segment. FG-nucleoporins also contain a globular portion that serves as an anchor for attachment to the nuclear pore complex.[3]

Nucleoporins have been shown to form various subcomplexes with one another. The most common of these complexes is the nup62 complex, which is an assembly composed of NUP62, NUP58, NUP54 and NUP45.[12] Another example of such a complex is the Y (NUP107-160) complex, composed of many different nucleoporins. The NUP107-160 complex has been localized to kinetochores and plays a role in mitosis.[13]


Many structural nucleoporins contain solenoid protein domains, domains consisting of repeats that can be stacked together as bulk building blocks. There are beta-propeller domain with similarities to WD40 repeats, and more interestingly, unique types of alpha solenoid (bundles of helixes) repeats that form a class of their own, the ancestral coatomer elements (ACE). To date, two classes of ACEs have been identified. ACE1 is a 28-helix domain found in many scaffolding nucleoproteins as well as SEC31, a component of COPII. ACE2, shown in the infobox, is found in yeast Nup157/Nup170 (human Nup155) and Nup133. In either case, the shared domains, like their names suggest, indicate a shared ancestry both within nucleoproteins and between nucleoproteins and cotamers.[14]

All living eukaryotes share many important components of the NPC, indicating that a complete complex is present in their common ancestor.[15]

Transport mechanism

Nucleoporins regulate the transport of macromolecules through the nuclear envelope via interactions with the transporter molecules karyopherins. Karyopherins will bind to their cargo, and reversibly interact with the FG-repeats in nucleoporins. Karyopherins and their cargo are passed between FG-repeats until they diffuse down their concentration gradient and through the nuclear pore complex. Karyopherins can serve as an importin (transporting proteins into the nucleus) or an exportin (transporting proteins out of the nucleus).[3] Karyopherins release of their cargo is driven by Ran, a G protein. Ran is small enough that it can diffuse through nuclear pores down its concentration gradient without interacting with nucleoporins. Ran will bind to either GTP or GDP and has the ability to change a karyopherin's affinity for its cargo. Inside the nucleus, RanGTP causes an importin karyopherin to change conformation, allowing its cargo to be released. RanGTP can also bind to exportin karyopherins and pass through the nuclear pore. Once it has reached the cytosol, RanGTP can be hydrolyzed to RanGDP, allowing the exportin's cargo to be released.[16]


Several diseases have been linked to pathologies of nucleoporins, notably diabetes, primary biliary cirrhosis, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. Overexpression of the genes that encode for different nucleoporins also have been shown to be related to the formation of cancerous tumors.

Nucleoporins have been shown to be highly sensitive to glucose concentration changes. Therefore, individuals affected by diabetes often exhibit increased glycosylation of nucleoporins, particularly nucleoporin 62.[2]

Autoimmune conditions such as anti-p62 antibodies, which inhibit p62 complexes have links to primary biliary cirrhosis which destroys the bile ducts of the liver.[12]

Decreases in the production of the p62 complex are common to many neurodegenerative diseases. Modification of the p62 promoter by oxidation is correlated with Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease, and Parkinson's disease among other neurodegenerative disorders.[17]

Increased expression of the NUP88 gene, which encodes for nucleoporin 88, is commonly found in precancerous dysplasias and malignant neoplasms.[18]

Nucleoporin protein aladin is a component of the nuclear pore complex. Mutations in the aladin gene are responsible for triple-A syndrome, an autosomal recessive neuroendocrinological disease. Mutant aladin causes selective failure of nuclear protein import and hypersensitivity to oxidative stress.[19] The import of DNA repair proteins aprataxin and DNA ligase I is selectively decreased, and this may increase the vulnerability of the cell's DNA to oxidative stress induced damages that trigger cell death.[19]


Each individual nucleoporin is named according to its molecular weight (in kilo Daltons). Below are several examples of proteins in the nucleoporin family:


  1. ^ Doye V, Hurt E (June 1997). "From nucleoporins to nuclear pore complexes". Current Opinion in Cell Biology. 9 (3): 401–11. doi:10.1016/S0955-0674(97)80014-2. PMID 9159086.
  2. ^ a b Han I, Oh ES, Kudlow JE (August 2000). "Responsiveness of the state of O-linked N-acetylglucosamine modification of nuclear pore protein p62 to the extracellular glucose concentration". The Biochemical Journal. 350 Pt 1: 109–14. doi:10.1042/0264-6021:3500109. PMC 1221231. PMID 10926833.
  3. ^ a b c d Lodish H (2013). Molecular Cell Biology (Seventh ed.). New York: Worth Publ. ISBN 978-1-4292-3413-9.
  4. ^ Allen NP, Patel SS, Huang L, Chalkley RJ, Burlingame A, Lutzmann M, Hurt EC, Rexach M (December 2002). "Deciphering networks of protein interactions at the nuclear pore complex". Molecular & Cellular Proteomics. 1 (12): 930–46. doi:10.1074/mcp.t200012-mcp200. PMID 12543930.
  5. ^ Peters R (2006). Introduction to nucleocytoplasmic transport: molecules and mechanisms. Methods in Molecular Biology. 322. pp. 235–58. doi:10.1007/978-1-59745-000-3_17. PMID 16739728.
  6. ^ Marfori M, Mynott A, Ellis JJ, Mehdi AM, Saunders NF, Curmi PM, Forwood JK, Bodén M, Kobe B (September 2011). "Molecular basis for specificity of nuclear import and prediction of nuclear localization". Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Molecular Cell Research. 1813 (9): 1562–77. doi:10.1016/j.bbamcr.2010.10.013. PMID 20977914.
  7. ^ Peyro M, Soheilypour M, Lee BL, Mofrad MR (November 2015). "Evolutionarily Conserved Sequence Features Regulate the Formation of the FG Network at the Center of the Nuclear Pore Complex". Scientific Reports. 5: 15795. Bibcode:2015NatSR...515795P. doi:10.1038/srep15795. PMC 4635341. PMID 26541386.
  8. ^ Ando D, Colvin M, Rexach M, Gopinathan A (2013-09-16). "Physical motif clustering within intrinsically disordered nucleoporin sequences reveals universal functional features". PLOS ONE. 8 (9): e73831. Bibcode:2013PLoSO...873831A. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0073831. PMC 3774778. PMID 24066078.
  9. ^ a b c d e f Beck, Martin; Hurt, Ed (21 December 2016). "The nuclear pore complex: understanding its function through structural insight". Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology. 18 (2): 73–89. doi:10.1038/nrm.2016.147. PMID 27999437. S2CID 35394962. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  10. ^ Walther, TC; Pickersgill, HS; Cordes, VC; Goldberg, MW; Allen, TD; Mattaj, IW; Fornerod, M (8 July 2002). "The cytoplasmic filaments of the nuclear pore complex are dispensable for selective nuclear protein import". The Journal of Cell Biology. 158 (1): 63–77. doi:10.1083/jcb.200202088. PMC 2173022. PMID 12105182.
  11. ^ Denning D, Patel S, Uversky V, Fink A, Rexach M (2003). "Disorder in the nuclear pore complex: The FG repeat regions of nucleoporins are natively unfolded". Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 100 (5): 2450–5. Bibcode:2003PNAS..100.2450D. doi:10.1073/pnas.0437902100. PMC 151361. PMID 12604785.
  12. ^ a b Miyachi K, Hankins RW, Matsushima H, Kikuchi F, Inomata T, Horigome T, Shibata M, Onozuka Y, Ueno Y, Hashimoto E, Hayashi N, Shibuya A, Amaki S, Miyakawa H (May 2003). "Profile and clinical significance of anti-nuclear envelope antibodies found in patients with primary biliary cirrhosis: a multicenter study". Journal of Autoimmunity. 20 (3): 247–54. doi:10.1016/S0896-8411(03)00033-7. PMID 12753810.
  13. ^ Loïodice I, Alves A, Rabut G, Van Overbeek M, Ellenberg J, Sibarita JB, Doye V (July 2004). "The entire Nup107-160 complex, including three new members, is targeted as one entity to kinetochores in mitosis". Molecular Biology of the Cell. 15 (7): 3333–44. doi:10.1091/mbc.E03-12-0878. PMC 452587. PMID 15146057.
  14. ^ Whittle, JR; Schwartz, TU (9 October 2009). "Architectural nucleoporins Nup157/170 and Nup133 are structurally related and descend from a second ancestral element". The Journal of Biological Chemistry. 284 (41): 28442–52. doi:10.1074/jbc.M109.023580. PMC 2788893. PMID 19674973.
  15. ^ Neumann, N; Lundin, D; Poole, AM (8 October 2010). "Comparative genomic evidence for a complete nuclear pore complex in the last eukaryotic common ancestor". PLOS ONE. 5 (10): e13241. Bibcode:2010PLoSO...513241N. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013241. PMC 2951903. PMID 20949036.
  16. ^ Avis JM, Clarke PR (October 1996). "Ran, a GTPase involved in nuclear processes: its regulators and effectors". Journal of Cell Science. 109 ( Pt 10) (10): 2423–7. doi:10.1242/jcs.109.10.2423. PMID 8923203.
  17. ^ Du Y, Wooten MC, Wooten MW (August 2009). "Oxidative damage to the promoter region of SQSTM1/p62 is common to neurodegenerative disease". Neurobiology of Disease. 35 (2): 302–10. doi:10.1016/j.nbd.2009.05.015. PMC 2718328. PMID 19481605.
  18. ^ "Entrez Gene: NUP88 nucleoporin 88kDa"
  19. ^ a b Hirano M, Furiya Y, Asai H, Yasui A, Ueno S (February 2006). "ALADINI482S causes selective failure of nuclear protein import and hypersensitivity to oxidative stress in triple A syndrome". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 103 (7): 2298–303. Bibcode:2006PNAS..103.2298H. doi:10.1073/pnas.0505598103. PMC 1413683. PMID 16467144.

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This is the C-termainl half of a family of nucleoporin proteins. Nucleoporins are the main components of the nuclear pore complex in eukaryotic cells, and mediate bidirectional nucleocytoplasmic transport, especially of mRNA and proteins. Two nucleoporin classes are known: one is characterised by the FG repeat PF03093; the other is represented by this family, and lacks any repeats. RNA undergoing nuclear export first encounters the basket of the nuclear pore and many nucleoporins are accessible on the basket side of the pore [2].

Literature references

  1. Zhang X, Yang H, Corydon MJ, Zhang X, Pedersen S, Korenberg JR, Chen XN, Laporte J, Gregersen N, Niebuhr E, Liu G, Bolund L; , Genomics 1999;57:144-151.: Localization of a human nucleoporin 155 gene (NUP155) to the 5p13 region and cloning of its cDNA. PUBMED:10191094 EPMC:10191094

  2. Vasu S, Shah S, Orjalo A, Park M, Fischer WH, Forbes DJ; , J Cell Biol 2001;155:339-354.: Novel vertebrate nucleoporins Nup133 and Nup160 play a role in mRNA export. PUBMED:11684705 EPMC:11684705

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InterPro entry IPR007187

This is the C-terminal half of a family of nucleoporin proteins. Nucleoporins are the main components of the nuclear pore complex in eukaryotic cells, and mediate bidirectional nucleocytoplasmic transport, especially of mRNA and proteins. Two nucleoporin classes are known: one is characterised by the FG repeat and the other is represented by this family, which lacks any repeats. RNA undergoing nuclear export first encounters the basket of the nuclear pore and many nucleoporins are accessible on the basket side of the pore [ PUBMED:10191094 , PUBMED:11684705 ].

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Seed source: Pfam-B_1212 (release 6.5)
Previous IDs: Nucleoporin;
Type: Family
Sequence Ontology: SO:0100021
Author: Mifsud W
Number in seed: 60
Number in full: 3088
Average length of the domain: 449.90 aa
Average identity of full alignment: 17 %
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