Comparative structural analysis of the caspase family with other clan CD cysteine peptidases

McLuskey, K. and Mottram, J. C. (2015) Comparative structural analysis of the caspase family with other clan CD cysteine peptidases. Biochemical Journal, 466(2), pp. 219-232. (doi:10.1042/BJ20141324) (PMID:25697094) (PMCID:PMC4357240)

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Clan CD forms a structural group of cysteine peptidases, containing seven individual families and two subfamilies of structurally related enzymes. Historically, it is most notable for containing the mammalian caspases, on which the structures of the clan were founded. Interestingly, the caspase family is split into two subfamilies: the caspases, and a second subfamily containing both the paracaspases and the metacaspases. Structural data are now available for both the paracaspases and the metacaspases, allowing a comprehensive structural analysis of the entire caspase family. In addition, a relative plethora of structural data has recently become available for many of the other families in the clan, allowing both the structures and the structure–function relationships of clan CD to be fully explored. The present review compares the enzymes in the caspase subfamilies with each other, together with a comprehensive comparison of all the structural families in clan CD. This reveals a diverse group of structures with highly conserved structural elements that provide the peptidases with a variety of substrate specificities and activation mechanisms. It also reveals conserved structural elements involved in substrate binding, and potential autoinhibitory functions, throughout the clan, and confirms that the metacaspases are structurally diverse from the caspases (and paracaspases), suggesting that they should form a distinct family of clan CD peptidases.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McLuskey, Dr Karen and Mottram, Professor Jeremy
Authors: McLuskey, K., and Mottram, J. C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Infection Immunity and Inflammation
Journal Name:Biochemical Journal
Publisher:Portland Press Ltd.
ISSN (Online):1470-8728
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Authors
First Published:First published in Biochemical Journal 466(2):219-232
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371796The Wellcome Centre for Molecular Parasitology ( Core Support )Andrew WatersWellcome Trust (WELLCOME)085349/Z/08/ZIII - PARASITOLOGY