InterPro : IPR000301

Name  Tetraspanin Short Name  Tetraspanin
Type  Family Description  Tetraspanins are a distinct family of proteins, containing four transmembrane domains: a small outer loop (EC1), a larger outer loop (EC2), a small inner loop (IL) and short cytoplasmic tails. They contain characteristic structural features, including 4-6 conserved extracellular cysteine residues, and polar residues within transmembrane domains. A fundamental role of tetraspanins appears to be organizing other proteins into a network of multimolecular membrane microdomains, sometimes called the `tetraspanin web'. Within this web there are primary complexes in which tetraspanins show robust, specific, and direct lateral associations with other proteins. The strong tendency of tetraspanins to associate with each other probably contributes to the assembly of a network of secondary interactions in which non-tetraspanin proteins are associated with each other via palmitoylated tetraspanins acting as linker proteins. In addition, the association of lipids, such as gangliosides and cholesterol, probably contributes to the assembly of even larger tetraspanin complexes, which have some lipid raft-like properties (e.g. resistance to solubilization in non-ionic detergents). Within the tetraspanin web, tetraspanin proteins can associate not only with integrins and other transmembrane proteins, but also with signalling enzymes such as protein kinase C and phosphatidylinositol-4 kinase. Thus, the tetraspanin web provides a mechanistic framework by which membrane protein signalling can be expanded into a lateral dimension [].
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0 Child Features

2 Contains

Id Name Short Name Type
IPR008952 Tetraspanin, EC2 domain Tetraspanin_EC2 Domain
IPR018503 Tetraspanin, conserved site Tetraspanin_CS Conserved_site

0 Found In

1 Parent Features

Id Name Short Name Type
IPR018499 Tetraspanin/Peripherin Tetraspanin/Peripherin Family

1 Publications

First Author Title Year Journal Volume Pages
Stipp CS Functional domains in tetraspanin proteins. 2003 Trends Biochem Sci 28 106-12



To cite PlanMine, please refer to the following publication:

Brandl, H., Moon, H., Vila-Farré, M., Liu, S.-Y., Henry, I., & Rink, J. C.
PlanMine - a mineable resource of planarian biology and biodiversity.
Nucleic Acids Research, gkv1148. doi:10.1093/nar/gkv1148 (2015)