The tetratricopeptide repeat: A structural motif mediating protein-protein interactions

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Blatch, Gregory ORCID: 0000-0003-0778-8577 and Lässle, M (1999) The tetratricopeptide repeat: A structural motif mediating protein-protein interactions. BioEssays, 21 (11). pp. 932-939. ISSN 0265-9247


The tetratricopeptide repeat (TPR) motif is a protein-protein interaction module found in multiple copies in a number of functionally different proteins that facilitates specific interactions with a partner protein(s). Three-dimensional structural data have shown that a TPR motif contains two antiparallel a-helices such that tandem arrays of TPR motifs generate a right-handed helical structure with an amphipathic channel that might accommodate the complementary region of a target protein. Most TPR-containing proteins are associated with multiprotein complexes, and there is extensive evidence indicating that TPR motifs are important to the functioning of chaperone, cell-cycle, transcription, and protein transport complexes. The TPR motif may represent an ancient protein-protein interaction module that has been recruited by different proteins and adapted for specific functions.

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Online ISSN: 1521-1878

Item type Article
DOI 10.1002/(SICI)1521-1878(199911)
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Biomedical and Health Sciences
Historical > FOR Classification > 0601 Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Keywords ResPubID22234. protein interactions, structural motifs, tetratricopeptide repeat, TPR
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