Leucine-rich repeats - (Mar/04/2005 )
What is the significance of leucine-rich repeats? How much they affect the final product of protein?
Leucine-rich repeats (LRRs) are 20-29-residue sequence motifs present in tandem arrays a number of proteins with diverse functions, such as hormone – receptor interactions, enzyme inhibition, cell adhesion and cellular trafficking.
The primary function of these motifs appears to be to provide a versatile structural framework for the formation of protein-protein interactions.
you can ave a look at this publications :
1. Kobe B. , Kajava A.V.
The leucine-rich repeat as a protein recognition motif.
Curr. Opin. Struct. Biol. 11: 725- 732 (2001)
2. Kajava A.V. , Kobe B.
Assessment of the ability to model proteins with leucine-rich repeats in light of the latest structural information.
Protein Sci. 11: 1082- 1090 (2002)
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