finding oligomers with "intertwined" structure

Artem Evdokimov AEVDOKIMOZ at
Tue Aug 20 21:55:52 EST 2002

Look into the cys-protease superfamily, especially the cathepsins, there are
some interesting examples. IIRC, many proteases are expressed as  single
gene pre-proteins, then cleaved (often by themselves) into mature forms
which are, technically, heterodimers.

Hope this helps,

"Frank Fürst" <ffrank at> wrote in message
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> I am looking for examples of oligomeric proteins that don't consist of
> associated independent structural domains, but rather form one domain
> from the two (or more) polypeptide chains. I know of some examples: the
> heterooligomers pea (2ltn) and lentil (1len, 1lal) lectin, which result
> from proteolytical processing of one gene product, and some fibrous
> phage proteins (e.g. see Mitraki et al, J. Struct. Biol. 137(2002),
> 236ff) or the C-terminal domain of homotrimeric P22 tailspike protein
> (1tsp). But I'd like to have more of them.
> Does anybody have an idea, or even a complete program or database link,
> how I could search the protein structure database (pdb) for such
> structures?
> Thanks in advance,
> Frank
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