Lookup NU author(s): Professor Harry Gilbert
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Background: Gut microbiome metagenomics has revealed many protein families and domains found largely or exclusively in that environment. Proteins containing the GxGYxYP domain are over-represented in the gut microbiota, and are found in Polysaccharide Utilization Loci in the gut symbiont Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron, suggesting their involvement in polysaccharide metabolism, but little else is known of the function of this domain.Results: Genomic context and domain architecture analyses support a role for the GxGYxYP domain in carbohydrate metabolism. Sparse occurrences in eukaryotes are the result of lateral gene transfer. The structure of the GxGYxYP domain-containing protein encoded by the BT2193 locus reveals two structural domains, the first composed of three divergent repeats with no recognisable homology to previously solved structures, the second a more familiar seven-stranded beta/alpha barrel. Structure-based analyses including conservation mapping localise a presumed functional site to a cleft between the two domains of BT2193. Matching to a catalytic site template from a GH9 cellulase and other analyses point to a putative catalytic triad composed of Glu272, Asp331 and Asp333.Conclusions: We suggest that GxGYxYP-containing proteins constitute a novel glycoside hydrolase family of as yet unknown specificity.
Author(s): Rigden DJ, Eberhardt RY, Gilbert HJ, Xu QP, Chang YY, Godzik A
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: BMC Bioinformatics
Online publication date: 17/06/2014
Acceptance date: 10/06/2014
Date deposited: 29/08/2014
ISSN (electronic): 1471-2105
Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd.
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