Transcription regulator AsnC-type (IPR019888)

Short name: Tscrpt_reg_AsnC-typ

Overlapping homologous superfamilies

Family relationships



The many bacterial transcription regulation proteins which bind DNA through a 'helix-turn-helix' motif can be classified into subfamilies on the basis of sequence similarities. One such family is the AsnC/Lrp subfamily [PMID: 7770911]. The Lrp family of transcriptional regulators appears to be widely distributed among bacteria and archaea, as an important regulatory system of the amino acid metabolism and related processes [PMID: 12675791].

Members of the Lrp family are small DNA-binding proteins with molecular masses of around 15 kDa. Target promoters often contain a number of binding sites that typically lack obvious inverted repeat elements, and to which binding is usually co-operative. LrpA from Pyrococcus furiosus is the first Lrp-like protein to date of which a three-dimensional structure has been solved. In the crystal structure LrpA forms an octamer consisting of four dimers. The structure revealed that the N-terminal part of the protein consists of a helix-turn-helix (HTH) domain, a fold generally involved in DNA binding. The C terminus of Lrp-like proteins has a beta-fold, where the two alpha-helices are located at one side of the four-stranded antiparallel beta-sheet. LrpA forms a homodimer mainly through interactions between the beta-strands of this C-terminal domain, and an octamer through further interactions between the second alpha-helix and fourth beta-strand of the motif. Hence, the C-terminal domain of Lrp-like proteins appears to be involved in ligand-response and activation [PMID: 12675791].

GO terms

Biological Process

GO:0006355 regulation of transcription, DNA-templated

Molecular Function

GO:0003700 DNA-binding transcription factor activity
GO:0043565 sequence-specific DNA binding

Cellular Component

GO:0005622 intracellular

Contributing signatures

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