Sterile Alpha Motif (SAM) domain
SAM domains are found in a diverse set of proteins, which include scaffolding proteins, transcription regulators, translational regulators tyrosine kinases and serine/threonine kinases [1-3]. SAM domains are found in all eukaryotes and some bacteria  . Structures of SAM domains reveal a common five helical structure. The SAM domain is involved in a variety of functions. The most widespread function is in domain-domain interactions. The SAM domain performs domain-domain interactions using multifarious arrangements of the SAM domain. More recently, the SAM domain within the Smaug protein has been demonstrated to bind to the Nanos 3' UTR translation control element (Rfam:RF00161) . This clan currently only represents the diverse SAM domain family and does not contain the more divergent SAM/Pointed family (Pfam:PF02198).
This clan contains 12 families and the total number of domains in the clan is 89368. The clan was built by RD Finn.
- Ponting CP; , Protein Sci 1995;4:1928-1930.: SAM: a novel motif in yeast sterile and Drosophila polyhomeotic proteins. PUBMED:8528090 EPMC:8528090
- Schultz J, Ponting CP, Hofmann K, Bork P; , Protein Sci 1997;6:249-253.: SAM as a protein interaction domain involved in developmental regulation. PUBMED:9007998 EPMC:9007998
- Kim CA, Bowie JU; , Trends Biochem Sci 2003;28:625-628.: SAM domains: uniform structure, diversity of function. PUBMED:14659692 EPMC:14659692
This clan contains the following 12 member families:IGR NCD1 SAM_1 SAM_2 SAM_3 SAM_4 SAM_DrpA SAM_Exu SAM_KSR1 SAM_LFY SAM_PNT SAM_Ste50p
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Below is a listing of the unique domain organisations or architectures from this clan. More...
The graphic that is shown by default represents the longest sequence with a given architecture. Each row contains the following information:
- the number of sequences which exhibit this architecture
a textual description of the architecture, e.g. Gla, EGF x 2, Trypsin.
This example describes an architecture with one
Gladomain, followed by two consecutive
EGFdomains, and finally a single
- a link to the page in the Pfam site showing information about the sequence that the graphic describes
- the UniProt description of the protein sequence
- the number of residues in the sequence
- the Pfam graphic itself.
Note that you can see the family page for a particular domain by
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have a given architecture by clicking on the
in each row.
Finally, because some families can be found in a very large number of architectures, we load only the first fifty architectures by default. If you want to see more architectures, click the button at the bottom of the page to load the next set.
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The table below shows the number of occurrences of each domain throughout the sequence database. More...
In brackets beside each number is the percentage of the total number of sequence hits for the clan that are represented by this domain. The rightmost column provides a link to the alignments tab for each domain. Finally, the last row in the table provides a link to the HTML representation of the alignment for the seed alignments for all members of this clan.
Please note: the clan alignment can be extremely large and the resulting HTML file is often too large to be rendered by web-browsers. Please consider downloading the alignment (by right-clicking the link) rather than viewing it in your browser.
|Pfam family||Num. domains||Alignment|
|SAM_1 (PF00536)||49063 (54.9%)||View|
|SAM_2 (PF07647)||26807 (30.0%)||View|
|SAM_PNT (PF02198)||5719 (6.4%)||View|
|SAM_3 (PF18016)||3665 (4.1%)||View|
|NCD1 (PF04904)||1008 (1.1%)||View|
|SAM_KSR1 (PF13543)||989 (1.1%)||View|
|IGR (PF09597)||985 (1.1%)||View|
|SAM_4 (PF18017)||699 (0.8%)||View|
|SAM_LFY (PF01698)||227 (0.3%)||View|
|SAM_Exu (PF18609)||129 (0.1%)||View|
|SAM_DrpA (PF18255)||44 (0.0%)||View|
|SAM_Ste50p (PF09235)||33 (0.0%)||View|
|Total: 12||Total: 89368||Clan alignment|
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This diagram shows the relationships between members of this clan. More...
Relationships between families in a clan are determined using HHsearch. Families are deemed to be closely related if their E-value is less than 10-3 and these relationships are shown with a solid line. Less closely related family pairs, with an E-value of between 10-3 and 10-1, are shown with a dashed line.
The E-value for each pair of closely or partially related families is shown next to the line linking the families. You can see the information regarding a Pfam family by clicking on the family box.
This tree shows the occurrence of the domains in this clan across different species. More...
For all of the domain matches in a full alignment we count the number of domains that are found on all sequences in the alignment. This total is shown in the purple box.
We also count the number of unique sequences on which each domain is found, which is shown in green. Note that a domain may appear multiple times on the same sequence, leading to the difference between these two numbers.
Finally, we group sequences from the same organism according to the NCBI code that is assigned by UniProt, allowing us to count the number of distinct sequences on which the domain is found. This value is shown in the pink boxes.
We use the NCBI species tree to group organisms according to their taxonomy and this forms the structure of the displayed tree. Note that in some cases the trees are too large (have too many nodes) to allow us to build an interactive tree, but in most cases you can still view the tree in a plain text, non-interactive representation.
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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 MSD group, to allow us to map Pfam domains onto UniProt three-dimensional structures. The table below shows the mapping between the Pfam families in this clan, the corresponding UniProt entries, and the region of the three-dimensional structures that are available for that sequence.
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