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Family: KASH (PF10541)

Summary: Nuclear envelope localisation domain

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KASH domains Edit Wikipedia article

Nuclear envelope localisation domain
Symbol KASH
Pfam PF10541
InterPro IPR012315

KASH domains are conserved C-terminal protein regions less than ~30 amino acids. KASH is an acronym for Klarsicht, ANC-1, Syne Homology. KASH domains always follow a transmembrane domain. Most proteins containing KASH domains are thought to be involved in the positioning of the nucleus in the cell. It is thought that KASH domains interact with proteins containing SUN domains in the space between the outer and inner nuclear membranes to bridge the nuclear envelope and transfer force from the nucleoskeleton to the cytoplasmic cytoskeleton. KASH proteins are thought to largely localize to the outer nuclear membrane, although there are reports of inner nuclear membrane localization of some KASH protein isoforms.[1]

Examples of KASH proteins[edit]

Caenorhabditis elegans

  • UNC-83
  • ANC-1
  • ZYG-12


  • Nesprins-1, 2, and 3 (also called Synes, Mynes, Nuance, Enaptin)

Drosophila melanogaster

  • Klarsicht
  • MSP-300


  1. ^ Starr DA, Fischer JA (Nov 2005). "KASH 'n Karry: the KASH domain family of cargo-specific cytoskeletal adaptor proteins". BioEssays 27 (11): 1136–46. doi:10.1002/bies.20312. PMID 16237665. 

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The KASH (for Klarsicht/ANC-1/Syne-1 homology) or KLS domain is a highly hydrophobic nuclear envelope localisation domain of approximately 60 amino acids comprising a 20-amino-acid transmembrane region and a 30-35-residue C-terminal region that lies between the inner and the outer nuclear membranes [1]. During meiotic prophase, telomeres cluster to form a bouquet arrangement of chromosomes. SUN and KASH domain proteins form complexes that span both membranes of the nuclear envelope. The KASH domain links the dynein motor complex of the microtubules, through the outer nuclear membrane to the Sad1 domain in the inner nuclear membrane which then interacts with the bouquet proteins Bqt1 and Bqt2 that are complexed with Bqt4, Rap1 and Taz1 and attached to the telomere [2]. SUN domain-containing proteins are essential for recruiting KASH domain proteins at the outer nuclear membrane, and KASH domains provide a generic NE tethering device for functionally distinct proteins whose cytoplasmic domains mediate nuclear positioning, maintain physical connections with other cellular organelles, and possibly even influence chromosome dynamics [3].

Literature references

  1. Starr DA, Han M;, Science. 2002;298:406-409.: Role of ANC-1 in tethering nuclei to the actin cytoskeleton. PUBMED:12169658 EPMC:12169658

  2. Chikashige Y, Yamane M, Okamasa K, Tsutsumi C, Kojidani T, Sato M, Haraguchi T, Hiraoka Y;, J Cell Biol. 2009;187:413-427.: Membrane proteins Bqt3 and -4 anchor telomeres to the nuclear envelope to ensure chromosomal bouquet formation. PUBMED:19948484 EPMC:19948484

  3. Razafsky D, Hodzic D;, J Cell Biol. 2009;186:461-472.: Bringing KASH under the SUN: the many faces of nucleo-cytoskeletal connections. PUBMED:19687252 EPMC:19687252

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InterPro entry IPR012315

The KASH (Klarsicht/ANC-1/Syne-1 homology), or KLS domain is a highly hydrophobic nuclear envelope localization domain of approximately 60 amino acids comprising a 20-amino-acid transmembrane region and a 30-35-residue C-terminal region that lies between the inner and the outer nuclear membranes. The KASH domain is found in association with other domains, such as spectrin repeats and CH, at the C terminus of proteins tethered to the nuclear membrane in diverse cell types [PUBMED:10556085, PUBMED:10878022, PUBMED:12169658, PUBMED:12408964, PUBMED:15579692].

Some proteins known to contain a KASH domain are listed below:

  • Caenorhabditis elegans nuclear anchorage protein 1 (ANC-1).
  • Drosophila Klarsicht (Klar), a protein associated with nuclei and required for a subset of nuclear migrations.
  • Drosophila MSP-300.
  • Vetebrate nesprin-1 and -2 (also known as Syne-1 and -2). They are associated with emerin and lamin A at the nuclear envelope of muscle cells and other cell types.

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Seed source: PROSITE_PS51049
Previous IDs: none
Type: Domain
Author: Finn R, Coggill P
Number in seed: 20
Number in full: 319
Average length of the domain: 56.40 aa
Average identity of full alignment: 58 %
Average coverage of the sequence by the domain: 1.68 %

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Parameter Sequence Domain
Gathering cut-off 23.0 23.0
Trusted cut-off 23.6 26.7
Noise cut-off 22.6 22.9
Model length: 58
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