Family

Alpha-L-fucosidase, metazoa-type (IPR016286)

Short name: FUC_metazoa-typ

Family relationships

Description

O-Glycosyl hydrolases family 29 (GH29) encompasses alpha-L-fucosidases (EC:3.2.1.51) [PMID: 2482732], which is a lysosomal enzyme responsible for hydrolysing the alpha-1,6-linked fucose joined to the reducing-end N-acetylglucosamine of the carbohydrate moieties of glycoproteins. Alpha-L-fucosidase is responsible for hydrolysing the alpha-1,6-linked fucose joined to the reducing-end N-acetylglucosamine of the carbohydrate moieties of glycoproteins.

Fucosylated glycoconjugates are involved in numerous biological events, making alpha-l-fucosidases, the enzymes responsible for their processing, critically important. Deficiency in alpha-l-fucosidase activity is associated with fucosidosis, a lysosomal storage disorder characterised by rapid neurodegeneration, resulting in severe mental and motor deterioration [PMID: 14715651]. The enzyme is a hexamer and displays a two-domain fold, composed of a catalytic (beta/alpha)(8)-like domain and a C-terminal beta-sandwich domain [PMID: 14715651].

Drosophila melanogaster spermatozoa contains an alpha-l-fucosidase that might be involved in fertilisation by interacting with alpha-l-fucose residues on the micropyle of the eggshell [PMID: 18556148]. In human sperm, membrane-associated alpha-l-fucosidase is stable for extended periods of time, which is made possible by membrane domains and compartmentalisation. These help preserve protein integrity [PMID: 18522672].

This entry represents a subgroup of alpha-L-fucosidases found in metazoa, fungi and bacteria.

GO terms

Biological Process

GO:0006004 fucose metabolic process

Molecular Function

GO:0004560 alpha-L-fucosidase activity

Cellular Component

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Contributing signatures

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