Polyhedral organelle shell protein, EutL/PduB type (IPR009193)

Short name: EutL_PduB

Overlapping homologous superfamilies


Family relationships


Members of this family are polyhedral organelle shell proteins from non-autotrophic organisms. Other polyhedral organelle proteins are in IPR011238, IPR009307 and IPR004992. This family is distantly related to IPR011238, and IPR009307.

Some non-autotrophic organisms form polyhedral organelles resembling carboxysomes found in autotrophs. Carboxysomes are well-studied polyhedral organelles found in cyanobacteria and some chemoautotrophs [PMID: 9891798, PMID: 7934888]. They are composed of a proteinaceous shell that houses most of the cell s ribulose bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (RuBisCO). They are required for autotrophic growth at low CO2 concentrations and are thought to function as part of a CO2-concentrating mechanism.

Polyhedral organelles in non-autotrophic organisms are involved in coenzyme B12-dependent 1,2-propanediol utilization (e.g., in Salmonella enterica) and ethanolamine utilization (e.g., in Salmonella typhimurium) [PMID: 10498708, PMID: 7868611]. Genes needed for polyhedral organelle formation are located at the 1,2-propanediol utilization pdu [PMID: 11844753, PMID: 10498708] or ethanolamine utilization eut [PMID: 7868611, PMID: 10464203] operons, respectively. Although polyhedral bodies of non-autotrophic organisms are apparently related to carboxysomes structurally, a functional relationship is uncertain. A role in CO2 concentration, similar to that of the carboxysome, is unlikely since there is no known association between CO2 and coenzyme B12-dependent 1,2-propanediol or ethanolamine utilization [PMID: 11844753]. These organelles are believed to consist of a proteinaceous shell that encases coenzyme B12-dependent diol dehydratase (which was found to be associated with them) [PMID: 10498708] or ethanolamine ammonia-lyase. It was suggested that polyhedral bodies could be used to sequester toxic aldehydes formed both during 1,2-propanediol and ethanolamine degradation and channel them to subsequent pathway enzymes. It was also suggested that polyhedra might be used to protect diol dehydratase and ethanolamine ammonia-lyase from oxygen to which both are sensitive [PMID: 10498708]. Mutational studies of PduA indicate that the organelles of S. enterica are not involved in concentrating 1,2-propanediol or CN-B12, but are consistent with a role in moderating aldehyde toxicity [PMID: 11844753].

Members of this family include Escherichia coli and Salmonella EutL, involved in ethanolamine utilization [PMID: 10464203], as well as S. enterica PduB, involved in propanediol utilization [PMID: 10498708].

GO terms

Biological Process

GO:0009605 response to external stimulus

Molecular Function

No terms assigned in this category.

Cellular Component

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Contributing signatures

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