V-type ATPase, V0 complex, 116kDa subunit family (IPR002490)

Short name: V-ATPase_116kDa_su

Family relationships


Transmembrane ATPases are membrane-bound enzyme complexes/ion transporters that use ATP hydrolysis to drive the transport of protons across a membrane. Some transmembrane ATPases also work in reverse, harnessing the energy from a proton gradient, using the flux of ions across the membrane via the ATPase proton channel to drive the synthesis of ATP.

There are several different types of transmembrane ATPases, which can differ in function (ATP hydrolysis and/or synthesis), structure (e.g., F-, V- and A-ATPases, which contain rotary motors) and in the type of ions they transport [PMID: 15473999, PMID: 15078220]. The different types include:

  • F-ATPases (F1F0-ATPases), which are found in mitochondria, chloroplasts and bacterial plasma membranes where they are the prime producers of ATP, using the proton gradient generated by oxidative phosphorylation (mitochondria) or photosynthesis (chloroplasts).
  • V-ATPases (V1V0-ATPases), which are primarily found in eukaryotic and they function as proton pumps that acidify intracellular compartments and, in some cases, transport protons across the plasma membrane [PMID: 20450191]. They are also found in bacteria [PMID: 9741106].
  • A-ATPases (A1A0-ATPases), which are found in Archaea and function like F-ATPases, though with respect to their structure and some inhibitor responses, A-ATPases are more closely related to the V-ATPases [PMID: 18937357, PMID: 1385979].
  • P-ATPases (E1E2-ATPases), which are found in bacteria and in eukaryotic plasma membranes and organelles, and function to transport a variety of different ions across membranes.
  • E-ATPases, which are cell-surface enzymes that hydrolyse a range of NTPs, including extracellular ATP.

V-ATPases (also known as V1V0-ATPase or vacuolar ATPase) (EC: are found in the eukaryotic endomembrane system, and in the plasma membrane of prokaryotes and certain specialised eukaryotic cells. V-ATPases hydrolyse ATP to drive a proton pump, and are involved in a variety of vital intra- and inter-cellular processes such as receptor mediated endocytosis, protein trafficking, active transport of metabolites, homeostasis and neurotransmitter release [PMID: 15629643]. V-ATPases are composed of two linked complexes: the V1 complex (subunits A-H) contains the catalytic core that hydrolyses ATP, while the V0 complex (subunits a, c, c', c'', d) forms the membrane-spanning pore. V-ATPases may have an additional role in membrane fusion through binding to t-SNARE proteins [PMID: 15907459].

This entry represents the 116kDa subunit (or subunit a) found in the V0 complex of V-ATPases, respectively. The 116kDa subunit is a transmembrane glycoprotein required for the assembly and proton transport activity of the ATPase complex. Several isoforms of the 116kDa subunit exist, providing a potential role in the differential targeting and regulation of the V-ATPase for specific organelles [PMID: 9891027].

GO terms

Biological Process

GO:0015991 ATP hydrolysis coupled proton transport

Molecular Function

GO:0015078 hydrogen ion transmembrane transporter activity

Cellular Component

GO:0033179 proton-transporting V-type ATPase, V0 domain

Contributing signatures

Signatures from InterPro member databases are used to construct an entry.