Bacterial ice-nucleation, octamer repeat (IPR000258)

Short name: Ice_nucleatn


Certain Gram-negative bacteria express proteins that enable them to promote nucleation of ice at relatively high temperatures (above -5C) [PMID: 1366726, PMID: 8224607]. These proteins are localised at the outer membrane surface and can cause frost damage to many plants. The primary structure of the proteins contains a highly repetitive domain that dominates the sequence. The domain comprises a number of 48-residue repeats, which themselves contain 3 blocks of 16 residues, the first 8 of which are identical. It is thought that the repetitive domain may be responsible for aligning water molecules in the seed crystal.

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            AGYGSTxTagxxssli  AGYGSTxTagxxsxlt  AGYGSTxTaqxxsxlt
            [16.residues...]  [16.residues...]  [16.residues...]

GO terms

Biological Process

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Molecular Function

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Cellular Component

GO:0009279 cell outer membrane

Contributing signatures

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PROSITE patterns