Title: Protein sequences encode safeguards against aggregation
Authors: Reumers, Joke
Maurer-Stroh, Sebastian
Schymkowitz, Joost
Rousseau, Frederic # ×
Issue Date: Mar-2009
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Series Title: Human Mutation vol:30 issue:3 pages:431-437
Abstract: Functional requirements shaped proteins into globular structures. Under these structural constraints, which require both regular secondary structure and a hydrophobic core, protein aggregation is an unavoidable corollary to protein structure. However, as aggregation results in reduced fitness, natural selection will tend to eliminate strongly aggregating sequences. The analysis of distribution and variation of aggregation patterns in the human proteome using the TANGO algorithm confirms the findings of a previous study on several proteomes: the flanks of aggregation-prone regions are enriched with charged residues and proline, the so-called gatekeeper-residues. Moreover, in this study, we observed a widespread redundancy in gatekeeper usage. Interestingly, aggregating regions from key proteins such as p53 or huntingtin are among the most extensive "gatekept" sequences. As a consequence, mutations that remove gatekeepers could therefore result in a strong increase in disease-susceptibility. In a set of disease-associated mutations from the UniProt database, we find a strong enrichment of mutations that disrupt gatekeeper motifs. Closer inspection of a number of case studies indicates clearly that removing gatekeepers may play a determining role in widely varying disorders, such as van der Woude syndrome (VWS), X-linked Fabry disease (FD), and limb-girdle muscular dystrophy.
ISSN: 1059-7794
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Non-KU Leuven Association publications
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