Structure and function of Per-ARNT-Sim domains and their possible role in the life-cycle biology of <i>Trypanosoma cruzi</i>

Rojas-Pirela, Maura, Rigden, Daniel J ORCID: 0000-0002-7565-8937, Michels, Paul A, Caceres, Ana J, Concepcion, Juan Luis and Quinones, Wilfredo
(2018) Structure and function of Per-ARNT-Sim domains and their possible role in the life-cycle biology of <i>Trypanosoma cruzi</i>. MOLECULAR AND BIOCHEMICAL PARASITOLOGY, 219. pp. 52-66.

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Per-ARNT-Sim (PAS) domains of proteins play important roles as modules for signalling and cellular regulation processes in widely diverse organisms such as Archaea, Bacteria, protists, plants, yeasts, insects and vertebrates. These domains are present in many proteins where they are used as sensors of stimuli and modules for protein interactions. Characteristically, they can bind a broad spectrum of molecules. Such binding causes the domain to trigger a specific cellular response or to make the protein containing the domain susceptible to responding to additional physical or chemical signals. Different PAS proteins have the ability to sense redox potential, light, oxygen, energy levels, carboxylic acids, fatty acids and several other stimuli. Such proteins have been found to be involved in cellular processes such as development, virulence, sporulation, adaptation to hypoxia, circadian cycle, metabolism and gene regulation and expression. Our analysis of the genome of different kinetoplastid species revealed the presence of PAS domains also in different predicted kinases from these protists. Open-reading frames coding for these PAS-kinases are unusually large. In addition, the products of these genes appear to contain in their structure combinations of domains uncommon in other eukaryotes. The physiological significance of PAS domains in these parasites, specifically in Trypanosoma cruzi, is discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Per-ARNT-Sim (PAS) domains, Phosphoglycerate kinase like, Glycosome, Cell regulators, PAS domains functions
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2017 12:19
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2023 11:07
DOI: 10.1016/j.molbiopara.2017.11.002
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