Investigating architecture and structure-function relationships in cold shock DNA-binding domain family using structural genomics-based approach.


Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Basic Sciences, Jamia Millia Islamia, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi 110025, India. Electronic address: [Email]


Oligonucleotide/oligosaccharide-binding fold (OB-fold) plays a major role in the regulation of central dogma of life via binding though DNA and RNA. The OB-fold domains are diverse in nature and present in large number of proteins with verities of molecular functions. Here, we have investigated the distribution of sequence, structure and repeats of cold shock DNA-binding proteins (CSDB), a member of OB-fold, in all three kingdoms to establish functional relationships. The CSDB is consists of 30 domains with a major contribution of S1 (>110,601 sequences), S12 (>23,760 sequences), S17 (>14,833 sequences) and S28e (>1615 sequence) domains. These domains are largely found in bacteria (70-90%). The number of S1 domain repeats in eukaryota varies from 1 to 15 and are well-correlated with the protein size. The molecular function analysis suggests that a large number of repeats in the S1 domain are involved in diverse molecular functions in bacteria and eukaryotes. In-depth structure analysis of S1, S12, S17 and S28e domain-containing proteins of the OB-fold family provides a reasonable basis to understand the relationship of size and number of repeats with the corresponding molecular functions.


Cold shock DNA-binding proteins,Molecular evolution,Nucleic acid-binding superfamily,OB-fold,RNA-binding proteins,Structural genomics,

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