Summary: Tetratricopeptide repeat
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Tetratricopeptide Edit Wikipedia article
The tetratricopeptide repeat (TPR) is a structural motif. It consists of a degenerate 34 amino acid sequence motif identified in a wide variety of proteins. It is found in tandem arrays of 3–16 motifs, which form scaffolds to mediate protein–protein interactions and often the assembly of multiprotein complexes. These alpha-helix pair repeats usually fold together to produce a single, linear solenoid domain called a TPR domain. Proteins with such domains include the anaphase-promoting complex (APC) subunits cdc16, cdc23 and cdc27, the NADPH oxidase subunit p67-phox, hsp90-binding immunophilins, transcription factors, the PKR protein kinase inhibitor, the major receptor for peroxisomal matrix protein import PEX5 and mitochondrial import proteins.
The structure of the PP5 protein was the first structure to be determined. The structure solved by X-ray crystallography by Das and colleagues showed that the TPR sequence motif was composed of a pair of antiparallel alpha helices. The PP5 structure contained 3 tandem TPR repeats which showed the sequential TPR repeats formed an alpha-helical solenoid structure.
A typical TPR structure is characterized by interactions between helices A and B of the first motif and helix A’ of the next TPR. Although the nature of such interactions may vary, the first two helices of the TPR motif typically have a packing angle of ~24 degrees within a single motif. Repeats of more than three TPR motifs generate a right handed superhelix characterized by both a concave and a convex face, of which the concave face is usually involved in ligand binding. 
In terms of sequence, a TPR possesses a mixture of small and large hydrophobic residues, nonetheless, no positions are fully invariant. There are however certain residues that are usually conserved including Tryptophan 4, Leucine 7, Glycine 8, Tyrosine 11, Alanine 20, Phenylalanine 24, Alanine 27 and Proline 32. Among those 8, Alanine at positions 8, 20 and 27 tend to be more conserved. The other positions have a stronger preference for either small, large or aromatic amino acids rather than a specific residue. In between helices, residue conservation plays more of a structural role with helix breaking residues present. Between adjacent TPR, residues have roles with both structural and functional implications.
TPR containing peptides
The Hop adaptor protein mediates the association of the molecular chaperones Hsp70 and Hsp90. It contains three 3-TPR repeats each with its own peptide-binding specificity. Its TPR1 domain is known to recognize the C-terminal of Hsp70 while TPR2 binds to the C-terminal of Hsp90. Both C-terminal sequences end with an EEVD motif and the nature of the interaction is both electrostatic and hydrophobic.
The PEX5 protein is a receptor for PTS1 (peroxisomal targeting signal tripeptide which directs proteins into peroxisomes). It interacts with the signal via TPR motifs. Most of its contacts with the C-terminal tripeptide PTS1 are in the concave face of TPRs 1, 2 and 3.
Neutrophil cytosolic factor 2
Neutrophil cytosolic factor 2 is an essential to NADPH oxidase complex which in turn produces superoxides in return to microbial infection. The binding of the Rac GTPase is a key step into the assembly of the complex and the TPRs in the phox unit mediate the assembly of the multiprotein complex by acting a binding scaffold.
Human genes encoding proteins containing this motif include:
- AAG2, ANAPC7
- CABIN1, CDC16, CDC23, CDC27, CNOT10, CTR9
- DNAJC3, DNAJC7, DYX1C1
- FAM10A4, FAM10A5, FKBP4, FKBP5, FKBP8, FKBPL
- GPSM1, GPSM2, GTF3C3
- IFIT1, IFIT1L, IFIT2, IFIT3, IFIT5, IFT140, IFT88
- KLC1, KLC2, KLC3, KLC4, KNS2
- NARG1, NARG1L, NASP, NCF2, NFKBIL2, NOXA1, NPHP3
- PEX5, PEX5L, PPID, PPP5C, PRPF6
- RANBP2, RANBP2L2, RANBP2L6, RAPSN, RGPD5, RGPD7, RPAP3
- SGTA, SGTB, SH3TC1, SH3TC2, SPAG1, SRP72, ST13, STIP1, STUB1, SUGT1
- TMTC1, TMTC2, TMTC3, TMTC4, TOMM34, TOMM70A
- TTC1, TTC3, TTC4, TTC5, TTC6, TTC7A, TTC7B, TTC8, TTC9C, TTC12, TTC13, TTC14, TTC15, TTC16, TTC17, TTC18, TTC21A, TTC21B, TTC22, TTC24, TTC25, TTC27, TTC28, TTC29, TTC30A, TTC30B, TTC31, TTC33, TTC37
- UNC45A, UNC45B, UTX, UTY
- Blatch GL, Lässle M (Nov 1999). "The tetratricopeptide repeat: a structural motif mediating protein-protein interactions". BioEssays. 21 (11): 932–9. doi:10.1002/(SICI)1521-1878(199911)21:11<932::AID-BIES5>3.0.CO;2-N. PMID 10517866.
- Das AK, Cohen PW, Barford D (Mar 1998). "The structure of the tetratricopeptide repeats of protein phosphatase 5: implications for TPR-mediated protein-protein interactions". The EMBO Journal. 17 (5): 1192–9. doi:10.1093/emboj/17.5.1192. PMC . PMID 9482716.
- Wilson CG, Kajander T, Regan L (Jan 2005). "The crystal structure of NlpI. A prokaryotic tetratricopeptide repeat protein with a globular fold". The FEBS Journal. 272 (1): 166–79. doi:10.1111/j.1432-1033.2004.04397.x. PMID 15634341.
- Scheufler C, Brinker A, Bourenkov G, Pegoraro S, Moroder L, Bartunik H, Hartl FU, Moarefi I (Apr 2000). "Structure of TPR domain-peptide complexes: critical elements in the assembly of the Hsp70-Hsp90 multichaperone machine". Cell. 101 (2): 199–210. doi:10.1016/S0092-8674(00)80830-2. PMID 10786835.
- Gatto GJ, Geisbrecht BV, Gould SJ, Berg JM (Dec 2000). "Peroxisomal targeting signal-1 recognition by the TPR domains of human PEX5". Nature Structural Biology. 7 (12): 1091–5. doi:10.1038/81930. PMID 11101887.
- Lapouge K, Smith SJ, Walker PA, Gamblin SJ, Smerdon SJ, Rittinger K (Oct 2000). "Structure of the TPR domain of p67phox in complex with Rac.GTP". Molecular Cell. 6 (4): 899–907. doi:10.1016/S1097-2765(05)00091-2. PMID 11090627.
- Lima Mde F, Eloy NB, Pegoraro C, Sagit R, Rojas C, Bretz T, Vargas L, Elofsson A, de Oliveira AC, Hemerly AS, Ferreira PC (Nov 18, 2010). "Genomic evolution and complexity of the Anaphase-promoting Complex (APC) in land plants". BMC Plant Biology. 10: 254. doi:10.1186/1471-2229-10-254. PMC . PMID 21087491.
- Das AK, Cohen PW, Barford D (Mar 1998). "The structure of the tetratricopeptide repeats of protein phosphatase 5: implications for TPR-mediated protein-protein interactions". The EMBO Journal. 17 (5): 1192–9. doi:10.1093/emboj/17.5.1192. PMC . PMID 9482716.
- Whitfield C, Mainprize IL (Feb 2010). "TPR motifs: hallmarks of a new polysaccharide export scaffold". Structure. 18 (2): 151–3. doi:10.1016/j.str.2010.01.006. PMID 20159460.
- Krachler AM, Sharma A, Kleanthous C (Jul 2010). "Self-association of TPR domains: Lessons learned from a designed, consensus-based TPR oligomer". Proteins. 78 (9): 2131–43. doi:10.1002/prot.22726. PMID 20455268.
- Schapire AL, Valpuesta V, Botella MA (Sep 2006). "TPR Proteins in Plant Hormone Signaling". Plant Signaling & Behavior. 1 (5): 229–30. doi:10.4161/psb.1.5.3491. PMC . PMID 19704665.
- Cortajarena AL, Regan L (May 2006). "Ligand binding by TPR domains". Protein Science. 15 (5): 1193–8. doi:10.1110/ps.062092506. PMC . PMID 16641492.
- D'Andrea LD, Regan L (Dec 2003). "TPR proteins: the versatile helix". Trends in Biochemical Sciences. 28 (12): 655–62. doi:10.1016/j.tibs.2003.10.007. PMID 14659697.
- Goebl M, Yanagida M (May 1991). "The TPR snap helix: a novel protein repeat motif from mitosis to transcription". Trends in Biochemical Sciences. 16 (5): 173–7. doi:10.1016/0968-0004(91)90070-C. PMID 1882418.
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|SCOOP:||ANAPC3 BTAD ChAPs Coatomer_E DUF2225 DUF3808 DUF3856 EST1_DNA_bind FAT Fis1_TPR_C HrpB1_HrpK MIT NARP1 PknG_TPR RPN7 SGT1 SHNi-TPR SNAP SPO22 SRP_TPR_like TOM20_plant TPR_1 TPR_10 TPR_11 TPR_12 TPR_14 TPR_15 TPR_16 TPR_17 TPR_18 TPR_19 TPR_2 TPR_20 TPR_21 TPR_3 TPR_4 TPR_5 TPR_6 TPR_7 TPR_9 Wzy_C_2 YfiO|
|Similarity to PfamA using HHSearch:||TPR_1 TPR_2 SHNi-TPR NARP1 ANAPC5 TPR_6 TPR_7 TPR_10 TPR_11 TPR_12 TPR_12 TPR_14 TPR_17 TPR_16 TPR_16 TPR_19 TPR_19 Fis1_TPR_C DUF4810|
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InterPro entry IPR019734
The tetratrico peptide repeat region (TPR) is a structural motif present in a wide range of proteins [PUBMED:7667876, PUBMED:9482716, PUBMED:1882418]. It mediates protein-protein interactions and the assembly of multiprotein complexes [PUBMED:14659697]. The TPR motif consists of 3-16 tandem-repeats of 34 amino acids residues, although individual TPR motifs can be dispersed in the protein sequence. Sequence alignment of the TPR domains reveals a consensus sequence defined by a pattern of small and large amino acids. TPR motifs have been identified in various different organisms, ranging from bacteria to humans. Proteins containing TPRs are involved in a variety of biological processes, such as cell cycle regulation, transcriptional control, mitochondrial and peroxisomal protein transport, neurogenesis and protein folding.
The X-ray structure of a domain containing three TPRs from protein phosphatase 5 revealed that TPR adopts a helix-turn-helix arrangement, with adjacent TPR motifs packing in a parallel fashion, resulting in a spiral of repeating anti-parallel alpha-helices [PUBMED:14659697]. The two helices are denoted helix A and helix B. The packing angle between helix A and helix B is ~24 degrees within a single TPR and generates a right-handed superhelical shape. Helix A interacts with helix B and with helix A' of the next TPR. Two protein surfaces are generated: the inner concave surface is contributed to mainly by residue on helices A, and the other surface presents residues from both helices A and B.
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|Molecular function||protein binding (GO:0005515)|
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Tetratricopeptide-like repeats are found in a numerous and diverse proteins involved in such functions as cell cycle regulation, transcriptional control, mitochondrial and peroxisomal protein transport, neurogenesis and protein folding.
The clan contains the following 132 members:Adaptin_N Alkyl_sulf_dimr ANAPC3 ANAPC5 API5 Arm Arm_2 Arm_3 B56 BTAD CAS_CSE1 ChAPs CLASP_N Clathrin Clathrin-link Clathrin_H_link Clathrin_propel Cnd1 Cnd3 Coatomer_E Cohesin_HEAT Cohesin_load COPI_C CRM1_C Cse1 DNA_alkylation Drf_FH3 Drf_GBD DUF1822 DUF2019 DUF2225 DUF3385 DUF3458_C DUF3808 DUF3856 DUF4042 DUF924 EST1 EST1_DNA_bind FAT Fis1_TPR_C Fis1_TPR_N Foie-gras_1 GUN4_N HAT HEAT HEAT_2 HEAT_EZ HEAT_PBS HemY_N IBB IBN_N IFRD KAP Leuk-A4-hydro_C LRV LRV_FeS MA3 MIF4G MIF4G_like MIF4G_like_2 Mo25 MRP-S27 NARP1 Neurochondrin Nipped-B_C Nro1 NSF Paf67 ParcG PC_rep PHAT PI3Ka PknG_TPR PPP5 PPR PPR_1 PPR_2 PPR_3 PPR_long PPTA Proteasom_PSMB PUF Rab5-bind Rapsyn_N RPN7 Sel1 SHNi-TPR SNAP SPO22 SRP_TPR_like ST7 Suf SusD-like SusD-like_2 SusD-like_3 SusD_RagB TAF6_C TAL_effector TAtT Tcf25 TIP120 TOM20_plant TPR_1 TPR_10 TPR_11 TPR_12 TPR_14 TPR_15 TPR_16 TPR_17 TPR_18 TPR_19 TPR_2 TPR_20 TPR_21 TPR_3 TPR_4 TPR_5 TPR_6 TPR_7 TPR_8 TPR_9 Upf2 V-ATPase_H_C V-ATPase_H_N Vac14_Fab1_bd Vitellogenin_N Vps39_1 W2 Xpo1 YfiO
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|Number in seed:||93|
|Number in full:||41119|
|Average length of the domain:||32.30 aa|
|Average identity of full alignment:||19 %|
|Average coverage of the sequence by the domain:||6.93 %|
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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 TPR_8 domain has been found. There are 127 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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