ZnF_UBR1

Putative zinc finger in N-recognin, a recognition component of the N-end rule pathway
ZnF_UBR1
SMART accession number:SM00396
Description: Domain is involved in recognition of N-end rule substrates in yeast Ubr1p
Interpro abstract (IPR013993):

Zinc finger (Znf) domains are relatively small protein motifs which contain multiple finger-like protrusions that make tandem contacts with their target molecule. Some of these domains bind zinc, but many do not; instead binding other metals such as iron, or no metal at all. For example, some family members form salt bridges to stabilise the finger-like folds. They were first identified as a DNA-binding motif in transcription factor TFIIIA from Xenopus laevis (African clawed frog), however they are now recognised to bind DNA, RNA, protein and/or lipid substrates [(PUBMED:10529348), (PUBMED:15963892), (PUBMED:15718139), (PUBMED:17210253), (PUBMED:12665246)]. Their binding properties depend on the amino acid sequence of the finger domains and of the linker between fingers, as well as on the higher-order structures and the number of fingers. Znf domains are often found in clusters, where fingers can have different binding specificities. There are many superfamilies of Znf motifs, varying in both sequence and structure. They display considerable versatility in binding modes, even between members of the same class (e.g. some bind DNA, others protein), suggesting that Znf motifs are stable scaffolds that have evolved specialised functions. For example, Znf-containing proteins function in gene transcription, translation, mRNA trafficking, cytoskeleton organisation, epithelial development, cell adhesion, protein folding, chromatin remodelling and zinc sensing, to name but a few [(PUBMED:11179890)]. Zinc-binding motifs are stable structures, and they rarely undergo conformational changes upon binding their target.

This entry represents a putative zinc finger motif found in N-recognin of Metazoa, a recognition component of the N-end rule pathway. The N-end rule-based degradation signal, which targets a protein for ubiquitin-dependent proteolysis, comprises a destabilising amino-terminal residue and a specific internal lysine residue.

More information about these proteins can be found at Protein of the Month: Zinc Fingers [].

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There are 572 ZnF_UBR1 domains in 566 proteins in SMART's nrdb database.

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