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Profilin Edit Wikipedia article
Profilin is an actin-binding protein involved in the dynamic turnover and restructuring of the actin cytoskeleton. It is found in all eukaryotic organisms in most cells. Profilin is important for spatially and temporally controlled growth of actin microfilaments, which is an essential process in cellular locomotion and cell shape changes. This restructuring of the actin cytoskeleton is essential for processes such as organ development, wound healing, and the hunting down of infectious intruders by cells of the immune system.
Profilin also binds sequences rich in the amino acid proline in diverse proteins. While most profilin in the cell is bound to actin, profilins have over 50 different binding partners. Many of those are related to actin regulation, but profilin also seems to be involved in activities in the nucleus such as mRNA splicing.
Profilin binds some variants of membrane phospholipids (Phosphatidylinositol (4,5)-bisphosphate and Inositol triphosphate). The function of this interaction is the sequestration of profilin in an "inactive" form, from where it can be released by action of the enzyme phospholipase C.
Profilin sources and distribution
Profilins are proteins of molecular weights of roughly 14–16 kDa. They are present as single genes in yeast, insects, and worms, and as multiple genes in many other organisms including plants. In mammalian cells, four profilin isoforms have been discovered; profilin-I is expressed in most tissues while profilin-II is predominant in brain and kidney.
Profilin in the regulation of actin dynamics
Profilin enhances actin growth in two ways:
- Profilin binds to monomeric actin thereby occupying an actin-actin contact site; in effect, profilin sequesters actin from the pool of polymerizable actin monomers. However, profilin also catalyzes the exchange of actin-bound ADP to ATP thereby converting poorly polymerizing ADP-actin monomers into readily polymerizing ATP-actin monomers. On top of that, profilin has a higher affinity for ATP- than for ADP-actin monomers. Thus in a mixture of actin, profilin, and nucleotides (ADP and ATP), actin will polymerize to a certain extent, which may be estimated by the law of mass action.
- Profilin-actin complexes are fed into growing actin polymers by proteins such as formin, WASP and VASP (that contain proline-rich FH2-domains). This mode of stimulated actin polymerization is much faster than unaided polymerization. Profilin is essential for this mode of polymerization because it recruits the actin monomers to the proline-rich proteins.
Profilin also negatively regulates PI(3,4)P2 limiting recruitment of lamellipodin to the leading edge of the cell
Profilin is one of the most abundant actin monomer binders, but proteins such as CAP and (in mammals) thymosin β4 have some functional overlaps with profilin. In contrast, ADF/cofilin has some properties that antagonize profilin action.
History of profilin discovery
Profilin was first described by Uno Lindberg and co-workers in the early 1970s as the first actin monomer binding protein. It followed the realization that not only muscle, but also non-muscle cells, contained high concentrations of actin, albeit in part in an unpolymerized form. Profilin was then believed to sequester actin monomers (keep them in a pro-filamentous form), and release them upon a signal to make them accessible for fast actin polymer growth.
- Di Nardo A, Gareus R, Kwiatkowski D, Witke W (November 2000). "Alternative splicing of the mouse profilin II gene generates functionally different profilin isoforms". J. Cell. Sci. 113 (Pt 21): 3795–803. PMID 11034907.
- Witke W, Podtelejnikov AV, Di Nardo A, et al. (February 1998). "In mouse brain profilin I and profilin II associate with regulators of the endocytic pathway and actin assembly". EMBO J. 17 (4): 967–76. doi:10.1093/emboj/17.4.967. PMC 1170446. PMID 9463375.
- Carlsson L, Nyström LE, Sundkvist I, Markey F, Lindberg U (September 1977). "Actin polymerizability is influenced by profilin, a low molecular weight protein in non-muscle cells". J. Mol. Biol. 115 (3): 465–83. doi:10.1016/0022-2836(77)90166-8. PMID 563468.
Bae YH, Ding Z, Das T, Wells A, Gertler F, Roy P (November 2010). "Profilin1 regulates PI(3,4)P2 and lamellipodin accumulation at the leading edge thus influencing motility of MDA-MB-231 cells". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 107 (50): 21547–21552. doi:10.1073/pnas.1002309107. PMC 3003040. PMID 21115820.
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InterPro entry IPR002097
Profilin is a small eukaryotic protein that binds to monomeric actin (G-actin) in a 1:1 ratio thus preventing the polymerisation of actin into filaments (F-actin). It can also in certain circumstance promote actin polymerisation. Profilin also binds to polyphosphoinositides such as PIP2. Overall sequence similarity among profilin from organisms which belong to different phyla (ranging from fungi to mammals) is low, but the N-terminal region is relatively well conserved. That region is thought to be involved in the binding to actin.
Some of the proteins in this family are allergens. Allergies are hypersensitivity reactions of the immune system to specific substances called allergens (such as pollen, stings, drugs, or food) that, in most people, result in no symptoms. A nomenclature system has been established for antigens (allergens) that cause IgE-mediated atopic allergies in humans [WHO/IUIS Allergen Nomenclature Subcommittee King T.P., Hoffmann D., Loewenstein H., Marsh D.G., Platts-Mills T.A.E., Thomas W. Bull. World Health Organ. 72:797-806(1994)]. This nomenclature system is defined by a designation that is composed of the first three letters of the genus; a space; the first letter of the species name; a space and an arabic number. In the event that two species names have identical designations, they are discriminated from one another by adding one or more letters (as necessary) to each species designation.
The allergens in this family include allergens with the following designations: Ara t 8, Bet v 2, Cyn d 12, Hel a 2, Mer a 1 and Phl p 11.
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|Cellular component||actin cytoskeleton (GO:0015629)|
|Molecular function||actin binding (GO:0003779)|
|Biological process||cytoskeleton organization (GO:0007010)|
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The families here all show the Profilin-like fold, and represent both the Profilin (actin-binding protein) (55770) and the Roadblock/LC7 domain-type (103196) superfamilies.
The clan contains the following 3 members:MAPKK1_Int Profilin Robl_LC7
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