Mar 16, 2007

The folding and evolution of multidomain proteins

Nature Reviews. Molecular Cell Biology
Jung-Hoon HanJane Clarke


Analyses of genomes show that more than 70% of eukaryotic proteins are composed of multiple domains. However, most studies of protein folding focus on individual domains and do not consider how interactions between domains might affect folding. Here, we address this by analysing the three-dimensional structures of multidomain proteins that have been characterized experimentally and observe that where the interface is small and loosely packed, or unstructured, the folding of the domains is independent. Furthermore, recent studies indicate that multidomain proteins have evolved mechanisms to minimize the problems of interdomain misfolding.

Mentioned in this Paper

Gene Products, Protein
Tertiary Protein Structure
Protein Conformation
Protein Folding, Globular
Protein Folding
Evolution, Molecular

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