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Family: tRNA-synt_2b (PF00587)

Summary: tRNA synthetase class II core domain (G, H, P, S and T)

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tRNA-synt_2b is a family of largely threonyl-tRNA members.

Literature references

  1. Cusack S; , Nat Struct Biol 1995;2:824-831.: Eleven down and nine to go. PUBMED:7552701 EPMC:7552701

  2. Wolf YI, Aravind L, Grishin NV, Koonin EV; , Genome Res 1999;9:689-710.: Evolution of aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases--analysis of unique domain architectures and phylogenetic trees reveals a complex history of horizontal gene transfer events. PUBMED:10447505 EPMC:10447505

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InterPro entry IPR002314

The aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases (also known as aminoacyl-tRNA ligases) catalyse the attachment of an amino acid to its cognate transfer RNA molecule in a highly specific two-step reaction [ PUBMED:10704480 , PUBMED:12458790 ]. These proteins differ widely in size and oligomeric state, and have limited sequence homology [ PUBMED:2203971 ]. The 20 aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases are divided into two classes, I and II. Class I aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases contain a characteristic Rossman fold catalytic domain and are mostly monomeric [ PUBMED:10673435 ]. Class II aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases share an anti-parallel beta-sheet fold flanked by alpha-helices [ PUBMED:8364025 ], and are mostly dimeric or multimeric, containing at least three conserved regions [ PUBMED:8274143 , PUBMED:2053131 , PUBMED:1852601 ]. However, tRNA binding involves an alpha-helical structure that is conserved between class I and class II synthetases. In reactions catalysed by the class I aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases, the aminoacyl group is coupled to the 2'-hydroxyl of the tRNA, while, in class II reactions, the 3'-hydroxyl site is preferred. The synthetases specific for arginine, cysteine, glutamic acid, glutamine, isoleucine, leucine, methionine, tyrosine, tryptophan, valine, and some lysine synthetases (non-eukaryotic group) belong to class I synthetases. The synthetases specific for alanine, asparagine, aspartic acid, glycine, histidine, phenylalanine, proline, serine, threonine, and some lysine synthetases (non-archaeal group), belong to class-II synthetases. Based on their mode of binding to the tRNA acceptor stem, both classes of tRNA synthetases have been subdivided into three subclasses, designated 1a, 1b, 1c and 2a, 2b, 2c [ PUBMED:10447505 ].

This domain is the core catalytic domain of tRNA synthetases and includes glycyl, prolyl, seryl and threonyl tRNA synthetases.

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Pfam Clan

This family is a member of clan tRNA_synt_II (CL0040), which has the following description:

Aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases are key components of the protein translation machinery that catalyse two basic reactions. First, the activation of amino acids via the formation of aminoacyl adenylates and second, linking the activated amino acid to the cognate tRNAs. The aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases generate AMP as the second end product of this reaction, which differentiates them from the majority of ATP-dependent enzymes that produce ADP. In addition, there is a specific aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases for each of the 20 amino acids and there are two structurally distinct classes of aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases, each encompassing 10 different specificities. The two classes have alternative modes of aminoacylation: class I aminoacylate the 2'OH of the cognate tRNA; class II aminoacylate 3'OH (with the exception of PheRS). Each class contain a conserved core domain that is involved in ATP binding and hydrolysis and combines with additional domains that determine the specificity of interactions with the cognate amino acid and tRNA. The class II core domain consist of a mixed-beta sheet, similar to that found in the biotin synthetases, hence why this family has also been included in this clan. The core domain contains three modestly conserved motifs that are responsible for ATP binding. The class II aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases can contain additional nested domains, found inserted in the loops of the core domain [1] (and reference therein).

The clan contains the following 11 members:

AsnA BPL_LplA_LipB BPL_LplA_LipB_2 DUF366 tRNA-synt_2 tRNA-synt_2b tRNA-synt_2c tRNA-synt_2d tRNA-synt_2e tRNA-synt_His tRNA_synthFbeta


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Seed source: pdb_id 3ial,2dq3,3ugt,1evk,3vbb,1kmn,2j3l,3a31
Previous IDs: none
Type: Domain
Sequence Ontology: SO:0000417
Author: Bateman A
Number in seed: 8
Number in full: 41149
Average length of the domain: 220.60 aa
Average identity of full alignment: 22 %
Average coverage of the sequence by the domain: 39.61 %

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build method: hmmbuild -o /dev/null --hand HMM SEED
search method: hmmsearch -Z 57096847 -E 1000 --cpu 4 HMM pfamseq
Model details:
Parameter Sequence Domain
Gathering cut-off 29.3 29.3
Trusted cut-off 29.3 29.3
Noise cut-off 29.2 29.2
Model length: 179
Family (HMM) version: 27
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