Summary: Domain of unknown function (DUF4440)
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A domain of unknown function (DUF) is a protein domain that has no characterised function. These families have been collected together in the Pfam database using the prefix DUF followed by a number, with examples being DUF2992 and DUF1220. There are now over 3,000 DUF families within the Pfam database representing over 20% of known families.
The DUF naming scheme was introduced by Chris Ponting, through the addition of DUF1 and DUF2 to the SMART database. These two domains were found to be widely distributed in bacterial signaling proteins. Subsequently, the functions of these domains were identified and they have since been renamed as the GGDEF domain and EAL domain respectively.
Structural genomics programmes have attempted to understand the function of DUFs through structure determination. The structures of over 250 DUF families have been solved. This work showed that about two thirds of DUF families had a structure similar to a previously solved one and therefore likely to be divergent members of existing protein superfamilies, whereas about one third possessed a novel protein fold.
Frequency and conservation
More than 20% of all protein domains were annotated as DUFs in 2013. About 2,700 DUFs are found in bacteria compared with just over 1,500 in eukaryotes. Over 800 DUFs are shared between bacteria and eukaryotes, and about 300 of these are also present in archaea. A total of 2,786 bacterial Pfam domains even occur in animals, including 320 DUFs.
Role in biology
Many DUFs are highly conserved, indicating an important role in biology. However, many such DUFs are not essential, hence their biological role often remains unknown. For instance, DUF143 is present in most bacteria and eukaryotic genomes. However, when it was deleted in Escherichia coli no obvious phenotype was detected. Later it was shown that the proteins that contain DUF143, are ribosomal silencing factors that block the assembly of the two ribosomal subunits. While this function is not essential, it helps the cells to adapt to low nutrient conditions by shutting down protein biosynthesis. As a result, these proteins and the DUF only become relevant when the cells starve. It is thus believed that many DUFs (or proteins of unknown function, PUFs) are only required under certain conditions.
Essential DUFs (eDUFs)
Goodacre et al. identified 238 DUFs in 355 essential proteins (in 16 model bacterial species), most of which represent single-domain proteins, clearly establishing the biological essentiality of DUFs. These DUFs are called "essential DUFs" or eDUFs.
- Bateman A, Coggill P, Finn RD (October 2010). "DUFs: families in search of function". Acta Crystallogr. Sect. F Struct. Biol. Cryst. Commun. 66 (Pt 10): 1148–52. doi:10.1107/S1744309110001685. PMC . PMID 20944204.
- Schultz J, Milpetz F, Bork P, Ponting CP (May 1998). "SMART, a simple modular architecture research tool: identification of signaling domains". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 95 (11): 5857–64. doi:10.1073/pnas.95.11.5857. PMC . PMID 9600884.
- Jaroszewski L, Li Z, Krishna SS, et al. (September 2009). "Exploration of uncharted regions of the protein universe". PLoS Biol. 7 (9): e1000205. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000205. PMC . PMID 19787035.
- Goodacre, N. F.; Gerloff, D. L.; Uetz, P. (2013). "Protein Domains of Unknown Function Are Essential in Bacteria". MBio. 5 (1): e00744–e00713. doi:10.1128/mBio.00744-13. PMC . PMID 24381303.
- Häuser, R.; Pech, M.; Kijek, J.; Yamamoto, H.; Titz, B. R.; Naeve, F.; Tovchigrechko, A.; Yamamoto, K.; Szaflarski, W.; Takeuchi, N.; Stellberger, T.; Diefenbacher, M. E.; Nierhaus, K. H.; Uetz, P. (2012). Hughes, Diarmaid, ed. "RsfA (YbeB) Proteins Are Conserved Ribosomal Silencing Factors". PLoS Genetics. 8 (7): e1002815. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1002815. PMC . PMID 22829778.
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|SCOOP:||CaMKII_AD DUF1348 DUF3225 LEH Lumazine_bd_2 NTF2 PHZA_PHZB Ring_hydroxyl_B SnoaL SnoaL_2 SnoaL_3 SnoaL_4|
|Similarity to PfamA using HHSearch:||SnoaL CaMKII_AD DUF3225 SnoaL_2 DUF3804 Lumazine_bd_2 SnoaL_3 SnoaL_4|
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This superfamily contains a variety of enzymes such as Scytalone dehydratase, Delta-5-3-ketosteroid isomerase, Limonene-1,2-epoxide hydrolase among others. The family also includes presumed non-enzymatic homologues such as NTF2.
The clan contains the following 38 members:CaMKII_AD DUF1348 DUF2358 DUF3225 DUF3804 DUF3828 DUF3887 DUF4348 DUF4440 DUF4467 DUF4518 DUF4783 DUF4829 DUF4864 DUF4878 DUF4904 DUF5104 DUF5105 Endopep_inhib LEH Lumazine_bd_2 MBA1 MecA_N MlaC Mtr2 NTF2 PHZA_PHZB Ring_hydroxyl_B Scytalone_dh SnoaL SnoaL_2 SnoaL_3 SnoaL_4 T4BSS_DotI_IcmL Tim44 TpcC VirB8 WI12
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|Number in seed:||122|
|Number in full:||2951|
|Average length of the domain:||108.20 aa|
|Average identity of full alignment:||15 %|
|Average coverage of the sequence by the domain:||67.81 %|
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build method: hmmbuild -o /dev/null HMM SEED
search method: hmmsearch -Z 26740544 -E 1000 --cpu 4 HMM pfamseq
|Family (HMM) version:||5|
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