InterPro : IPR019787

Name  Zinc finger, PHD-finger Short Name  Znf_PHD-finger
Type  Domain Description  Zinc finger (Znf) domains are relatively small protein motifs which contain multiple finger-like protrusions that make tandem contacts with their target molecule. Some of these domains bind zinc, but many do not; instead binding other metals such as iron, or no metal at all. For example, some family members form salt bridges to stabilise the finger-like folds. They were first identified as a DNA-binding motif in transcription factor TFIIIA from Xenopus laevis(African clawed frog), however they are now recognised to bind DNA, RNA, protein and/or lipid substrates [, , , , ]. Their binding properties depend on the amino acid sequence of the finger domains and of the linker between fingers, as well as on the higher-order structures and the number of fingers. Znf domains are often found in clusters, where fingers can have different binding specificities. There are many superfamilies of Znf motifs, varying in both sequence and structure. They display considerable versatility in binding modes, even between members of the same class (e.g. some bind DNA, others protein), suggesting that Znf motifs are stable scaffolds that have evolved specialised functions. For example, Znf-containing proteins function in gene transcription, translation, mRNA trafficking, cytoskeleton organisation, epithelial development, cell adhesion, protein folding, chromatin remodelling and zinc sensing, to name but a few []. Zinc-binding motifs are stable structures, and they rarely undergo conformational changes upon binding their target. This entry represents the PHD (homeodomain) zinc finger domain [], which is a C4HC3 zinc-finger-like motif found in nuclear proteins thought to be involved in chromatin-mediated transcriptional regulation. The PHD finger motif is reminiscent of, but distinct from the C3HC4 type RING finger.The function of this domain is not yet known but in analogy with the LIM domain it could be involved in protein-protein interaction and be important for the assembly or activity of multicomponent complexes involved in transcriptional activation or repression. Alternatively, the interactions could be intra-molecular and be important in maintaining the structural integrity of the protein. In similarity to the RING finger and the LIM domain, the PHD finger is thought to bind two zinc ions.
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1 Contains

Id Name Short Name Type
IPR019786 Zinc finger, PHD-type, conserved site Zinc_finger_PHD-type_CS Conserved_site

1 Found In

Id Name Short Name Type
IPR011011 Zinc finger, FYVE/PHD-type Znf_FYVE_PHD Domain

1 Parent Features

Id Name Short Name Type
IPR001965 Zinc finger, PHD-type Znf_PHD Domain

7 Publications

First Author Title Year Journal Volume Pages
Matthews JM Zinc fingers--folds for many occasions. 2002 IUBMB Life 54 351-5
Gamsjaeger R Sticky fingers: zinc-fingers as protein-recognition motifs. 2007 Trends Biochem Sci 32 63-70
Hall TM Multiple modes of RNA recognition by zinc finger proteins. 2005 Curr Opin Struct Biol 15 367-73
Brown RS Zinc finger proteins: getting a grip on RNA. 2005 Curr Opin Struct Biol 15 94-8
Klug A Zinc finger peptides for the regulation of gene expression. 1999 J Mol Biol 293 215-8
Laity JH Zinc finger proteins: new insights into structural and functional diversity. 2001 Curr Opin Struct Biol 11 39-46
Aasland R The PHD finger: implications for chromatin-mediated transcriptional regulation. 1995 Trends Biochem Sci 20 56-9



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