NAF domain (IPR004041)

Short name: NAF_dom

Overlapping homologous superfamilies


Domain relationships



The NAF domain is a 24 amino acid domain that is found in a plant-specific subgroup of serine-threonine protein kinases (CIPKs), that interact with calcineurin B-like calcium sensor proteins (CBLs). Whereas the N-terminal part of CIPKs comprises a conserved catalytic domain typical of Ser-Thr kinases, the much less conserved C-terminal domain appears to be unique to this subgroup of kinases. The only exception is the NAF domain that forms an 'island of conservation' in this otherwise variable region. The NAF domain has been named after the prominent conserved amino acids Asn-Ala-Phe. It represents a minimum protein interaction module that is both necessary and sufficient to mediate the interaction with the CBL calcium sensor proteins [PMID: 11230129].

The secondary structure of the NAF domain is currently not known, but secondary structure computation of the C-terminal region of Arabidopsis thaliana CBL-interacting protein kinase 1 revealed a long helical structure [PMID: 11230129].

GO terms

Biological Process

GO:0007165 signal transduction

Molecular Function

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Cellular Component

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Contributing signatures

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