Conserved Site

RIO kinase, conserved site (IPR018935)

Short name: RIO_kinase_CS


Protein phosphorylation, which plays a key role in most cellular activities, is a reversible process mediated by protein kinases and phosphoprotein phosphatases. Protein kinases catalyse the transfer of the gamma phosphate from nucleotide triphosphates (often ATP) to one or more amino acid residues in a protein substrate side chain, resulting in a conformational change affecting protein function. Phosphoprotein phosphatases catalyse the reverse process. Protein kinases fall into three broad classes, characterised with respect to substrate specificity [PMID: 3291115]:

  • Serine/threonine-protein kinases
  • Tyrosine-protein kinases
  • Dual specificity protein kinases (e.g. MEK - phosphorylates both Thr and Tyr on target proteins)

Protein kinase function is evolutionarily conserved from Escherichia coli to human [PMID: 12471243]. Protein kinases play a role in a multitude of cellular processes, including division, proliferation, apoptosis, and differentiation [PMID: 12368087]. Phosphorylation usually results in a functional change of the target protein by changing enzyme activity, cellular location, or association with other proteins. The catalytic subunits of protein kinases are highly conserved, and several structures have been solved [PMID: 15078142], leading to large screens to develop kinase-specific inhibitors for the treatments of a number of diseases [PMID: 15320712].

This entry represents RIO kinase, they exhibit little sequence similarity with eukaryotic protein kinases, and are classified as atypical protein kinases [PMID: 16183636]. The conformation of ATP when bound to the RIO kinases is unique when compared with ePKs, such as serine/threonine kinases or the insulin receptor tyrosine kinase, suggesting that the detailed mechanism by which the catalytic aspartate of RIO kinases participates in phosphoryl transfer may not be identical to that employed in known serine/threonine ePKs. Representatives of the RIO family are present in organisms varying from Archaea to humans, although the RIO3 proteins have only been identified in multicellular eukaryotes, to date.

Yeast Rio1 and Rio2 proteins are required for proper cell cycle progression and chromosome maintenance, and are necessary for survival of the cells. These proteins are involved in the processing of 20 S pre-rRNA via late 18 S rRNA processing.

GO terms

Biological Process

No terms assigned in this category.

Molecular Function

GO:0005524 ATP binding
GO:0004674 protein serine/threonine kinase activity

Cellular Component

No terms assigned in this category.

Contributing signatures

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PROSITE patterns