Homologous Superfamily

CENP-B, dimerisation domain superfamily (IPR034882)

Short name: Dimerisation_CENP-B_sf

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Centromere protein B (CENP-B) interacts with centromeric heterochromatin in chromosomes and binds to a specific subset of alphoid satellite DNA, called the CENP-B box. CENP-B may organise arrays of centromere satellite DNA into a higher order structure, which then directs centromere formation and kinetochore assembly in mammalian chromosomes.

The CENP-B dimerisation domain is composed of two alpha-helices, which are folded into an antiparallel configuration. Dimerisation of CENP-B is mediated by this domain, in which monomers dimerise to form a symmetrical, antiparallel, four-helix bundle structure with a large hydrophobic patch in which 23 residues of one monomer form van der Waals contacts with the other monomer. This CENP-B dimer configuration may be suitable for capturing two distant CENP-B boxes during centromeric heterochromatin formation [PMID: 14522975].

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