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Family: Toprim_3 (PF13362)

Summary: Toprim domain

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The toprim domain is found in a wide variety of enzymes involved in nucleic acid manipulation [1].

Literature references

  1. Aravind L, Leipe DD, Koonin EV; , Nucleic Acids Res 1998;26:4205-4213.: Toprim--a conserved catalytic domain in type IA and II topoisomerases, DnaG-type primases, OLD family nucleases and RecR proteins. PUBMED:9722641 EPMC:9722641

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InterPro entry IPR006171

The Toprim (topoisomerase-primase) domain is a structurally conserved domain of ~100 amino acids that is found in bacterial DnaG-type primases, small primase-like proteins from bacteria and archaea, type IA and type II topoisomerases, bacterial and archaeal nucleases of the OLD family and bacterial DNA repair proteins of the RecR/M family. The Toprim domain can be found alone or in combination with several other domains, such as the ASM domain, the superfamily 2 helicase domain, the superfamily 3 helicase domain, the DnaB interaction domain, the C4 'little finger' domain, the CHC2 zinc finger, the ATPase domain of the HSP90-gyrase-histidine kinase superfamily, the S5 domain, the SET domain, the helix-hairpin-helix (HhH) DNA-binding domain, the mobilisation (MOB) domain or the ATPase domain of the ABC transporter/SMC superfamily. The Toprim domain is a catalytic domain involved in DNA strand breakage and rejoining [ PUBMED:9722641 ].

The Toprim domain has two conserved motifs, one of which centres at a conserved glutamate and the other one at two conserved aspartates (DxD). Both motifs are preceded by conserved hydrophobic regions predicted to form beta-strands. The glutamate residue is probably involved in catalysis, whereas the DxD motif is involved in the co-ordination of Mg(2++) that is required for the activity of all Toprim-containing enzymes. The Toprim domain has a compact alpha/beta fold, with four conserved strands and three helices; with the exception of the second helix and the C-terminal strands, each of these elements contains positions that are highly conserved. The Toprim domain contains three regions that can accommodate variable sized inserts, which are particularly prominent in the topoisomerases [ PUBMED:9722641 , PUBMED:16077031 , PUBMED:19596812 ].

Domain organisation

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Pfam Clan

This family is a member of clan Toprim-like (CL0413), which has the following description:

This is families that have a conserved region from DNA primase. This corresponds to the Toprim domain common to DnaG primases, topoisomerases, OLD family nucleases and RecR proteins [1].

The clan contains the following 8 members:

DUF2220 DUF2399 DUF3854 OLD-like_TOPRIM Toprim Toprim_2 Toprim_3 Toprim_4


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Seed source: Jackhmmer:B3CQ99
Previous IDs: none
Type: Domain
Sequence Ontology: SO:0000417
Author: Bateman A
Number in seed: 17
Number in full: 2117
Average length of the domain: 96.4 aa
Average identity of full alignment: 28 %
Average coverage of the sequence by the domain: 20.23 %

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HMM build commands:
build method: hmmbuild -o /dev/null HMM SEED
search method: hmmsearch -Z 61295632 -E 1000 --cpu 4 HMM pfamseq
Model details:
Parameter Sequence Domain
Gathering cut-off 27.2 27.2
Trusted cut-off 27.2 27.2
Noise cut-off 27.1 27.1
Model length: 95
Family (HMM) version: 9
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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.

Protein Predicted structure External Information
A0A0H3GIU0 View 3D Structure Click here
A0A0H3GLV7 View 3D Structure Click here
A0A0H3GM72 View 3D Structure Click here
A0A0H3H6B1 View 3D Structure Click here
Q8ZQI0 View 3D Structure Click here

trRosetta Structure

The structural model below was generated by the Baker group with the trRosetta software using the Pfam UniProt multiple sequence alignment.

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Improved protein structure prediction using predicted inter-residue orientations. Jianyi Yang, Ivan Anishchenko, Hahnbeom Park, Zhenling Peng, Sergey Ovchinnikov, David Baker Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Jan 2020, 117 (3) 1496-1503; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1914677117;