PubMed 12835418

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Automatically associated channels: Kv1.4 , Kv3.1

Title: Determining the basis of channel-tetramerization specificity by x-ray crystallography and a sequence-comparison algorithm: Family Values (FamVal).

Authors: Max H Nanao, Wei Zhou, Paul J Pfaffinger, Senyon Choe

Journal, date & volume: Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 2003 Jul 22 , 100, 8670-5

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We have developed a semiempirical algorithm called Family Values (FamVal), which identifies residues that encode functional specificity in a protein sequence. Given a multiple sequence alignment (MSA) grouped into functionally distinct subfamilies, FamVal calculates a specificity score for each subfamily at every amino acid position of an MSA. This algorithm was used to predict specificity-encoding positions within the tetramerization assembly (T1) domain of voltage-gated potassium (Kv) channel subfamilies Kv3 and Kv4. The importance of one such position (Arg to Ala at MSA position 93) was confirmed by in vitro pull-down assays. The structural basis of this assembly discrimination was elucidated by determining the crystal structure of the Kv4 T1 domain and comparing it to the Kv3 T1 domain.