Summary: Gametolysin peptidase M11
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In the unicellular biflagellated alga, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, gametolysin, a zinc-containing metallo-protease, is responsible for the degradation of the cell wall. Homologues of gametolysin have also been reported in the simple multicellular organism, Volvox.
Kubo T, Abe J, Saito T, Matsuda Y; , Curr Genet 2002;41:115-122.: Genealogical relationships among laboratory strains of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii as inferred from matrix metalloprotease genes. PUBMED:12073093 EPMC:12073093
Kubo T, Saito T, Fukuzawa H, Matsuda Y; , Curr Genet 2001;40:136-143.: Two tandemly-located matrix metalloprotease genes with different expression patterns in the chlamydomonas sexual cell cycle. PUBMED:11680823 EPMC:11680823
Heitzer M, Hallmann A; , J Biol Chem 2002;277:28280-28286.: An extracellular matrix-localized metalloproteinase with an exceptional QEXXH metal binding site prefers copper for catalytic activity. PUBMED:12034745 EPMC:12034745
Hallmann A, Amon P, Godl K, Heitzer M, Sumper M; , Plant J 2001;26:583-593.: Transcriptional activation by the sexual pheromone and wounding: a new gene family from Volvox encoding modular proteins with (hydroxy)proline-rich and metalloproteinase homology domains. PUBMED:11489172 EPMC:11489172
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InterPro entry IPR008752
In the MEROPS database peptidases and peptidase homologues are grouped into clans and families. Clans are groups of families for which there is evidence of common ancestry based on a common structural fold:
- Each clan is identified with two letters, the first representing the catalytic type of the families included in the clan (with the letter 'P' being used for a clan containing families of more than one of the catalytic types serine, threonine and cysteine). Some families cannot yet be assigned to clans, and when a formal assignment is required, such a family is described as belonging to clan A-, C-, M-, N-, S-, T- or U-, according to the catalytic type. Some clans are divided into subclans because there is evidence of a very ancient divergence within the clan, for example MA(E), the gluzincins, and MA(M), the metzincins.
- Peptidase families are grouped by their catalytic type, the first character representing the catalytic type: A, aspartic; C, cysteine; G, glutamic acid; M, metallo; N, asparagine; S, serine; T, threonine; and U, unknown. The serine, threonine and cysteine peptidases utilise the amino acid as a nucleophile and form an acyl intermediate - these peptidases can also readily act as transferases. In the case of aspartic, glutamic and metallopeptidases, the nucleophile is an activated water molecule. In the case of the asparagine endopeptidases, the nucleophile is asparagine and all are self-processing endopeptidases.
In many instances the structural protein fold that characterises the clan or family may have lost its catalytic activity, yet retain its function in protein recognition and binding.
Metalloproteases are the most diverse of the four main types of protease, with more than 50 families identified to date. In these enzymes, a divalent cation, usually zinc, activates the water molecule. The metal ion is held in place by amino acid ligands, usually three in number. The known metal ligands are His, Glu, Asp or Lys and at least one other residue is required for catalysis, which may play an electrophillic role. Of the known metalloproteases, around half contain an HEXXH motif, which has been shown in crystallographic studies to form part of the metal-binding site [PUBMED:7674922]. The HEXXH motif is relatively common, but can be more stringently defined for metalloproteases as 'abXHEbbHbc', where 'a' is most often valine or threonine and forms part of the S1' subsite in thermolysin and neprilysin, 'b' is an uncharged residue, and 'c' a hydrophobic residue. Proline is never found in this site, possibly because it would break the helical structure adopted by this motif in metalloproteases [PUBMED:7674922].
This group of metallopeptidases belong to the MEROPS peptidase family M11 (gametolysin family, clan MA(M)). The protein fold of the peptidase domain for members of this family resembles that of thermolysin, the type example for clan MA and the predicted active site residues for members of this family and thermolysin occur in the motif HEXXH [PUBMED:7674922].The type example is gametolysin from the unicellular biflagellated alga, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii Gametolysin is a zinc-containing metallo-protease, which is responsible for the degradation of the cell wall. Homologues of gametolysin have also been reported in the simple multicellular organism, Volvox [PUBMED:11489172, PUBMED:11680823].
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Clan MA is one of two zinc-dependent metallopeptidases that contain the HEXXH motif. The two histidines are zinc ligands. The structures of this clan show the active site is between its two sub-domains.
The clan contains the following 54 members:Aspzincin_M35 Astacin BSP DUF1570 DUF2201_N DUF2268 DUF3152 DUF3633 DUF3810 DUF4157 DUF45 DUF955 Enhancin HRXXH M60-like Peptidase_M1 Peptidase_M10 Peptidase_M11 Peptidase_M13 Peptidase_M2 Peptidase_M27 Peptidase_M3 Peptidase_M30 Peptidase_M32 Peptidase_M35 Peptidase_M36 Peptidase_M4 Peptidase_M41 Peptidase_M43 Peptidase_M48 Peptidase_M4_C Peptidase_M50 Peptidase_M50B Peptidase_M54 Peptidase_M56 Peptidase_M57 Peptidase_M6 Peptidase_M61 Peptidase_M64 Peptidase_M66 Peptidase_M7 Peptidase_M8 Peptidase_M9 Peptidase_M91 Peptidase_MA_2 Peptidase_U49 Reprolysin Reprolysin_2 Reprolysin_3 Reprolysin_4 Reprolysin_5 SprT-like WLM Zn_peptidase
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|Number in seed:||6|
|Number in full:||219|
|Average length of the domain:||252.00 aa|
|Average identity of full alignment:||23 %|
|Average coverage of the sequence by the domain:||45.09 %|
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