Hemocyanin, C-terminal (IPR005203)

Short name: Hemocyanin_C

Overlapping homologous superfamilies

Domain relationships



Crustacean and cheliceratan hemocyanins (oxygen-transport proteins) and insect hexamerins (storage proteins) are homologous gene products, although the latter do not bind oxygen [PMID: 8015442].

Haemocyanins are found in the haemolymph of many invertebrates. They are divided into 2 main groups, arthropodan and molluscan. These have structurally similar oxygen-binding centres, which are similar to the oxygen-binding centre of tyrosinases, but their quaternary structures are arranged differently. The arthropodan proteins exist as hexamers comprising 3 heterogeneous subunits (a, b and c) and possess 1 oxygen-binding centre per subunit; and the molluscan proteins exist as cylindrical oligomers of 10 to 20 subunits and possess 7 or 8 oxygen-binding centres per subunit [PMID: 3207675]. Although the proteins have similar amino acid compositions, the only real similarity in their primary sequences is in the region corresponding to the second copper-binding domain, which also shows similarity to the copper-binding domain of tyrosinases.

Hexamerins are proteins from the hemolymph of insects, which may serve as a store of amino acids for synthesis of adult proteins. They do not possess the copper-binding histidines present in hemocyanins [PMID: 8015442].

Homologues are also present in other kinds of organism, for example, AsqI from the yeast Emericella nidulans. This is a tyrosinase involved in biosynthesis of the aspoquinolone mycotoxins, though its exact function is unknown [PMID: 25251934].

This entry represents the C-terminal domain of hemocyanin and hexamerin proteins.

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