Zinc finger in DBF-like proteins
SMART accession number:SM00586
Description: -
Interpro abstract (IPR006572):

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.

In eukaryotes, initiation of DNA replication requires the assembly of pre-replication complexes (pre-RCs) on chromatin during the G1 phase. In the S phase, pre-RCs are activated by two protein kinases, Cdk2 and Cdc7, which results in the loading of replication factors and the unwinding of replication origins by the MCM helicase complex [ (PUBMED:8984634) ]. Cdc7 is a serine/threonine kinase that is conserved from yeast to human. It is regulated by its association with a regulatory subunit, the Dbf4 protein. This complex is often referred to as DDK (Dbf4-dependent kinase) [ (PUBMED:14643426) ].

DBF4 contains an N-terminal BRCT domain and a C-terminal conserved region that could potentially coordinate one zinc atom, the DBF4-type zinc finger. This entry represents the zinc finger, which is important for the interaction with Cdc7 [ (PUBMED:8943332) (PUBMED:8066465) ].

GO function:zinc ion binding (GO:0008270), nucleic acid binding (GO:0003676)
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There are 1512 ZnF_DBF domains in 1512 proteins in SMART's nrdb database.

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