Summary: Sterol-sensing domain of SREBP cleavage-activation
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Sterol regulatory element-binding proteins (SREBPs) are membrane-bound transcription factors that promote lipid synthesis in animal cells. They are embedded in the membranes of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) in a helical hairpin orientation and are released from the ER by a two-step proteolytic process. Proteolysis begins when the SREBPs are cleaved at Site-1, which is located at a leucine residue in the middle of the hydrophobic loop in the lumen of the ER . Upon proteolytic processing SREBP can activate the expression of genes involved in cholesterol biosynthesis and uptake. SCAP stimulates cleavage of SREBPs via fusion of the their two C-termini . This domain is the transmembrane region that traverses the membrane eight times and is the sterol-sensing domain of the cleavage protein . WD40 domains are found towards the C-terminus.
Sakai J, Nohturfft A, Goldstein JL, Brown MS;, J Biol Chem. 1998;273:5785-5793.: Cleavage of sterol regulatory element-binding proteins (SREBPs) at site-1 requires interaction with SREBP cleavage-activating protein. Evidence from in vivo competition studies. PUBMED:9488713 EPMC:9488713
Colgan SM, Tang D, Werstuck GH, Austin RC;, Int J Biochem Cell Biol. 2007;39:1843-1851.: Endoplasmic reticulum stress causes the activation of sterol regulatory element binding protein-2. PUBMED:17604677 EPMC:17604677
Sakai J, Nohturfft A, Cheng D, Ho YK, Brown MS, Goldstein JL;, J Biol Chem. 1997;272:20213-20221.: Identification of complexes between the COOH-terminal domains of sterol regulatory element-binding proteins (SREBPs) and SREBP cleavage-activating protein. PUBMED:9242699 EPMC:9242699
Yabe D, Xia ZP, Adams CM, Rawson RB;, Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2002;99:16672-16677.: Three mutations in sterol-sensing domain of SCAP block interaction with insig and render SREBP cleavage insensitive to sterols. PUBMED:12482938 EPMC:12482938
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|SCOOP:||ACR_tran MMPL Patched SecD_SecF|
|Similarity to PfamA using HHSearch:||Patched MMPL|
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InterPro entry IPR000731
The sterol-sensing domain (SSD) is an around 180 residues long cluster of five membrane-spanning segments. The SSD domain is conserved across phyla and confers sensitivity to regulation by sterol. Although the SSD domain appears to function as a regulatory domain involved in linking vesicle trafficking and protein localization with such varied processes as cholesterol homeostasis, cell signalling and cytokinesis, its exact mode of action is not clear. It is not known whether it interacts with sterols, such as cholesterol, or whether it interacts with another-sterol regulated protein. Alternatively, the SSD may interact with lipids other than cholesterol [ PUBMED:9642295 , PUBMED:10821832 , PUBMED:11932020 ].
In addition to the proteins above, the SSD is also found in a number of bacterial drug resistance proteins.
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This family is a member of clan RND_permease (CL0322), which has the following description:
Different members of the RND superfamily have been shown to transport hydrophobic drugs, fatty acids, bile salts, organic solvents, heavy metals, autoinducers and lipooligosaccharides in bacteria .
The clan contains the following 5 members:ACR_tran MMPL Patched SecD_SecF Sterol-sensing
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|Seed source:||Wood V|
|Author:||Wood V , Coggill P|
|Number in seed:||22|
|Number in full:||5711|
|Average length of the domain:||148 aa|
|Average identity of full alignment:||27 %|
|Average coverage of the sequence by the domain:||12.98 %|
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build method: hmmbuild -o /dev/null HMM SEED
search method: hmmsearch -Z 61295632 -E 1000 --cpu 4 HMM pfamseq
|Family (HMM) version:||11|
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