PDBsum entry 1p8j

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Hydrolase/hydrolase inhibitor PDB id
Protein chains
(+ 2 more) 470 a.a. *
NAG ×6
SO4 ×70
_CA ×16
Waters ×2305
* Residue conservation analysis
PDB id:
Name: Hydrolase/hydrolase inhibitor
Title: Crystal structure of the proprotein convertase furin
Structure: Furin precursor. Chain: a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h. Synonym: paired basic amino acid residue cleaving enzyme, p dibasic processing enzyme. Engineered: yes. Decanoyl-arg-val-lys-arg-chloromethylketone inhib chain: j, k, l, m, n, p, q, r. Engineered: yes
Source: Mus musculus. House mouse. Organism_taxid: 10090. Gene: furin or fur or pcsk3. Expressed in: cricetulus griseus. Expression_system_taxid: 10029. Expression_system_organ: ovary cells. Synthetic: yes. Other_details: the peptide (decanoyl-arg-val-lys-arg-
Biol. unit: Octamer (from PQS)
2.60Å     R-factor:   0.188     R-free:   0.219
Authors: S.Henrich,A.Cameron,G.P.Bourenkov,R.Kiefersauer,R.Huber,I.Li W.Bode,M.E.Than
Key ref:
S.Henrich et al. (2003). The crystal structure of the proprotein processing proteinase furin explains its stringent specificity. Nat Struct Biol, 10, 520-526. PubMed id: 12794637 DOI: 10.1038/nsb941
07-May-03     Release date:   08-Jul-03    
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Protein chains
Pfam   ArchSchema ?
P23188  (FURIN_MOUSE) -  Furin
793 a.a.
470 a.a.
Key:    PfamA domain  PfamB domain  Secondary structure  CATH domain

 Enzyme reactions 
   Enzyme class: E.C.  - Furin.
[IntEnz]   [ExPASy]   [KEGG]   [BRENDA]
      Reaction: Release of mature proteins from their proproteins by cleavage of Arg- Xaa-Yaa-Arg-|-Zaa bonds, where Xaa can be any amino acid and Yaa is Arg or Lys. Releases albumin, complement component C3 and von Willebrand factor from their respective precursors.
 Gene Ontology (GO) functional annotation 
  GO annot!
  Biological process     proteolysis   1 term 
  Biochemical function     serine-type endopeptidase activity     1 term  


DOI no: 10.1038/nsb941 Nat Struct Biol 10:520-526 (2003)
PubMed id: 12794637  
The crystal structure of the proprotein processing proteinase furin explains its stringent specificity.
S.Henrich, A.Cameron, G.P.Bourenkov, R.Kiefersauer, R.Huber, I.Lindberg, W.Bode, M.E.Than.
In eukaryotes, many essential secreted proteins and peptide hormones are excised from larger precursors by members of a class of calcium-dependent endoproteinases, the prohormone-proprotein convertases (PCs). Furin, the best-characterized member of the mammalian PC family, has essential functions in embryogenesis and homeostasis but is also implicated in various pathologies such as tumor metastasis, neurodegeneration and various bacterial and viral diseases caused by such pathogens as anthrax and pathogenic Ebola virus strains. Furin cleaves protein precursors with narrow specificity following basic Arg-Xaa-Lys/Arg-Arg-like motifs. The 2.6 A crystal structure of the decanoyl-Arg-Val-Lys-Arg-chloromethylketone (dec-RVKR-cmk)-inhibited mouse furin ectodomain, the first PC structure, reveals an eight-stranded jelly-roll P domain associated with the catalytic domain. Contoured surface loops shape the active site by cleft, thus explaining furin's stringent requirement for arginine at P1 and P4, and lysine at P2 sites by highly charge-complementary pockets. The structure also explains furin's preference for basic residues at P3, P5 and P6 sites. This structure will aid in the rational design of antiviral and antibacterial drugs.
  Selected figure(s)  
Figure 2.
Figure 2. Overall three-dimensional structure of mouse furin. (a) Stereo ribbon plot of soluble furin. Helices, -strands and irregular structures of the catalytic domain are shown as yellow helices, red arrows and dark blue strands; the P domain is light blue. For clarity, the prefixes (C for catalytic and P for P domain) have been omitted from the secondary structure labels. The active site residues (dark gray) and the dec-RVKR-cmk inhibitor residues (light-colored ball-and-stick model) are given with all nonhydrogen atoms, and the two bound calcium ions as pink spheres. The deep crevice between the catalytic and the P domains (Crev) is of possible importance for propeptide, substrate binding or both. The view is toward the active-site cleft running horizontally across the catalytic domain surface. (b) Alternative orientation to a, showing more clearly the structurally defined N-linked oligosaccharides and the fold of the P domain. Full-length furin is anchored to the membrane by a probably flexible linker extending from the bottom of the P domain.
Figure 4.
Figure 4. Interactions between the inhibitor and the active site cleft. Stereo view toward the active site region of furin and the dec-RVKR-cmk inhibitor (orientation is similar to that in Fig. 1a). (a) Stick model of surrounding residues (dark gray carbons, blue nitrogens and red oxygens), shown together with the inhibitor (gray ball-and-stick model) and calcium 2 (purple sphere). The four inhibitor side chains, the active site residues and the acidic residues giving rise to negative electrostatic potential of subsites S1 -S4 are labeled. (b) The inhibitor (ball-and-stick model) shown in front of the solid surface of the catalytic domain, colored according to its negative (red, -27 e kT-1) and positive (blue, 27 e kT-1) electrostatic surface potential. (c) Stick model similar to a, but with the dec-RVKR-cmk inhibitor superimposed with the final 2F[o] - F[c] electron density map (blue) contoured at 1 .
  The above figures are reprinted by permission from Macmillan Publishers Ltd: Nat Struct Biol (2003, 10, 520-526) copyright 2003.  
  Figures were selected by the author.  

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