Conserved Site

Ferritin, conserved site (IPR014034)

Short name: Ferritin_CS


Ferritin is one of the major non-heme iron storage proteins in animals, plants and microorganisms [PMID: 3032619, PMID: 3304136]. It consists of a mineral core of hydrated ferric oxide, and a multi-subunit protein shell which encloses the former and assures its solubility in an aqueous environment.

In animals, the protein is mainly cytoplasmic and there are generally two or more genes that encode closely related subunits (in mammals there are two subunits which are known as H(eavy) and L(ight)). In plants ferritin is found in the chloroplast [PMID: 2211706].

This entry represents the central region of this protein.

Contributing signatures

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