Summary: Cytochrome b5-like Heme/Steroid binding domain
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Cytochrome b5 Edit Wikipedia article
|Rat cytochrome b5 bound to heme|
|Locus||Chr. 18 q23|
Cytochromes b5 are ubiquitous electron transport hemoproteins found in animals, plants, fungi and purple phototrophic bacteria. The microsomal and mitochondrial variants are membrane-bound, while bacterial and those from erythrocytes and other animal tissues are water-soluble. The family of cytochrome b5-like proteins includes (besides cytochrome b5 itself) hemoprotein domains covalently associated with other redox domains in flavocytochrome cytochrome b2 (L-lactate dehydrogenase; EC 188.8.131.52), sulfite oxidase (EC 184.108.40.206), plant and fungal nitrate reductases (EC 220.127.116.11, EC 18.104.22.168, EC 22.214.171.124), and plant and fungal cytochrome b5/acyl lipid desaturase fusion proteins.
3-D structures of a number of cytochrome b5 and yeast flavocytochrome b2 are known. The fold belongs to the α+β class, with two hydrophobic cores on each side of a β-sheet. The larger hydrophobic core constitutes the heme-binding pocket, closed off on each side by a pair of helices connected by a turn. The smaller hydrophobic core may have only a structural role and is formed by spatially close N-terminal and C-terminal segments. The two histidine residues provide the fifth and sixth heme ligands, and the propionate edge of the heme group lies at the opening of the heme crevice. Two isomers of cytochrome b5, referred to as the A (major) and B (minor) forms, differ by a 180° rotation of the heme about an axis defined by the α- and γ-meso carbons.
 Cytochrome b5 in some biochemical reactions
- NADH + H+ + 2 ferricytochrome b5 → NAD+ + 2 ferrocytochrome b5
- L-ascorbate + ferricytochrome b5 → monodehydroascorbate + ferrocytochrome b5
- CMP-N-acetylneuraminate + 2 ferrocytochrome b5 + O2 + 2 H+ → CMP-N-glycoloylneuraminate + 2 ferricytochrome b5 + H2O
- stearoyl-CoA + 2 ferrocytochrome b5 + O2 + 2 H+ → oleoyl-CoA + 2 ferricytochrome b5 + H2O
- linoleoyl-CoA + 2 ferrocytochrome b5 + O2 + 2 H+ → γ-linolenoyl-CoA + 2 ferricytochrome b5 + H2O
 See also
- Lederer, F. (1994). "The cytochrome b5-fold: an adaptable module". Biochimie 76 (7): 674–692. doi:10.1016/0300-9084(94)90144-9. PMID 7893819.
- Napier, J.A., Michaelson, L.V. and Sayanova, O. (2003). "The role of cytochrome b5 fusion desaturases in the synthesis of polyunsaturated fatty acids". Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids 68 (2): 135–143. doi:10.1016/S0952-3278(02)00263-6. PMID 12538077.
- Rivera, M., Barillas-Mury, C., Christensen, K.A., Little, J.W., Wells, M.A. and Walker, F.A. (1992). "Gene synthesis, bacterial expression, and 1H NMR spectroscopic studies of the rat outer mitochondrial membrane cytochrome b5". Biochemistry 31 (48): 12233–12240. doi:10.1021/bi00163a037. PMID 1333795.
- Schenkman, J.B. and Jansson, I. (2003). "The many roles of cytochrome b5". Pharmacol. Ther. 97 (2): 139–152. doi:10.1016/S0163-7258(02)00327-3. PMID 12559387.
- PDB 1B5A - Solution structure of rat cytochrome b5 (form A)
- PDB 1B5B - Solution structure of rat cytochrome b5 (form B)
- PDB 1CXY - X-ray structure of cytochrome b558 from Ectothiorhodospira vacuolata
- Online 'Mendelian Inheritance in Man' (OMIM) 250790 - Methemoglobinemia due to deficiency of cytochrome b5
Cytochrome b5-like Heme/Steroid binding domain Provide feedback
This family includes heme binding domains from a diverse range of proteins. This family also includes proteins that bind to steroids. The family includes progesterone receptors such as O00264 [1,2]. Many members of this subfamily are membrane anchored by an N-terminal transmembrane alpha helix. This family also includes a domain in some chitin synthases. There is no known ligand for this domain in the chitin synthases.
Meyer C, Schmid R, Scriba PC, Wehling M; , Eur J Biochem 1996;239:726-731.: Purification and partial sequencing of high-affinity progesterone-binding site(s) from porcine liver membranes. PUBMED:8774719 EPMC:8774719
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InterPro entry IPR001199Cytochromes b5 are ubiquitous electron transport proteins found in animals, plants and yeasts [PUBMED:2752049]. The microsomal and mitochondrial variants are membrane-bound, while those from erythrocytes and other animal tissues are water-soluble [PUBMED:4030743, PUBMED:8439576].
The 3D structure of bovine cyt b5 is known, the fold belonging to the alpha+beta class, with 5 strands and 5 short helices forming a framework for supporting a central haem group [PUBMED:1167544]. The cytochrome b5 domain is similar to that of a number of oxidoreductases, such as plant and fungal nitrate reductases, sulphite oxidase, yeast flavocytochrome b2 (L-lactate dehydrogenase) and plant cyt b5/acyl lipid desaturase fusion protein.
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|Molecular function||heme binding (GO:0020037)|
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|Number in seed:||210|
|Number in full:||5879|
|Average length of the domain:||82.90 aa|
|Average identity of full alignment:||25 %|
|Average coverage of the sequence by the domain:||17.81 %|
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