CxxS: Fold-independent redox motif revealed by genome-wide searches for thiol/disulfide oxidoreductase function

Dmitri E. Fomenko, Vadim N. Gladyshev

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Abstract

Redox reactions involving thiol groups in proteins are major participants in cellular redox regulation and antioxidant defense. Although mechanistically similar, thiol-dependent redox processes are catalyzed by structurally distinct families of enzymes, which are difficult to identify by available protein function prediction programs. Herein, we identified a functional motif, CxxS (cysteine separated from serine by two other residues), that was often conserved in redox enzymes, but rarely in other proteins. Analyses of complete Escherichia coli, Campylobacter jejuni, Methanococcus jannaschii, and Saccharomyces cerevisiae genomes revealed a high proportion of proteins known to use the CxxS motif for redox function. This allowed us to make predictions in regard to redox function and identity of redox groups for several proteins whose function previously was not known. Many proteins containing the CxxS motif had a thioredoxin fold, but other structural folds were also present, and CxxS was often located in these proteins upstream of an (x-helix. Thus, a conserved CxxS sequence followed by an (x-helix is typically indicative of a redox function and corresponds to thiol-dependent redox sites in proteins. The data also indicate a general approach of genome-wide identification of redox proteins by searching for simple conserved motifs within secondary structure patterns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2285-2296
Number of pages12
JournalProtein Science
Volume11
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2002

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Protein Disulfide Reductase (Glutathione)
Oxidation-Reduction
Genes
Genome
Proteins
Sulfhydryl Compounds
Methanocaldococcus
Thioredoxins
Redox reactions
Campylobacter jejuni
Enzymes
Conserved Sequence
Yeast
Serine
Escherichia coli
Cysteine
Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Antioxidants

Keywords

  • Computational biology
  • CxxS motif
  • Genome
  • Redox
  • Thiol-disulfide oxidoreductase

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  • Biochemistry

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CxxS : Fold-independent redox motif revealed by genome-wide searches for thiol/disulfide oxidoreductase function. / Fomenko, Dmitri E.; Gladyshev, Vadim N.

In: Protein Science, Vol. 11, No. 10, 01.10.2002, p. 2285-2296.

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