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Independent HHsearch, Needleman-Wunsch-based, and motif analyses reveal the overall hierarchy for most of the G protein-coupled receptor families
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Functional Pharmacology.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Functional Pharmacology.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Functional Pharmacology.
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2011 (English)In: Molecular biology and evolution, ISSN 0737-4038, E-ISSN 1537-1719, Vol. 28, no 9, 2471-2480 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Several families of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCR) show no significant sequence similarities and it has been debated which groups of GPCRs that share a common origin. We developed and performed integrated independent HHsearch, Needleman-Wunsch-based and motif analyses on almost 7000 unique GPCRs from twelve species. Moreover, we mined the evolutionary important Trichoplax adhaerens, Nematostella vectensis, Thalassiosira pseudonana and Strongylocentrotus purpuratus genomes, revealing remarkably rich vertebrate-like repertoires already in the early Metazoan species. We found strong evidence for that the Adhesion and Frizzled families are children to the cAMP family with HHsearch homology probabilities of 99.8% and 99.4%, respectively, also supported by the Needleman-Wunsch analysis and several motifs. We also found that the large Rhodopsin family is likely a child of the cAMP family with a HHsearch homology probability of 99.4% and conserved motifs. Therefore, we suggest that the Adhesion and Frizzled families originated from the cAMP family in an event close to that which gave rise to the Rhodopsin family. We also found convincing evidence that the Rhodopsin family is parent to the important sensory Taste 2, Vomeronasal type 1 and Nematode chemoreceptor families. The insect odorant, gustatory and Trehalose receptors, frequently referred to as GPCRs, form a separate cluster without relationship to the other families and we speculate, based on these and other’s results, that these families are ligand-gated ion channels rather than GPCRs. Overall, we suggest common descent of at least 97% of the GPCRs sequences found in humans, including all the main families.

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2011. Vol. 28, no 9, 2471-2480 p.
Keyword [en]
evolution, GPCR, GPCRs, G-protein, 7TM, Rhodopsin
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-121694DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msr061ISI: 000294552700009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-121694DiVA: diva2:306141
Available from: 2010-03-27 Created: 2010-03-27 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved
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1. Characterization and Evolution of Transmembrane Proteins with Focus on G-protein coupled receptors in Pre-vertebrate Species
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Characterization and Evolution of Transmembrane Proteins with Focus on G-protein coupled receptors in Pre-vertebrate Species
2010 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are one of the largest protein families in mammals. GPCRs are instrumental for hormonal and neurotransmitter signalling and are important in all major physiological systems of the body. Paper I describes the repertoire of GPCRs in Branchiostoma floridae, which is one of the species most closely related species to vertebrates. Mining and phylogenetic analysis of the amphioxus genome showed the presence of at least 664 distinct GPCRs distributed among all the main families of GPCRs; Glutamate (18), Rhodopsin (570), Adhesion (37), Frizzled (6) and Secretin (16). Paper II contains studies of the Adhesion, Methuselah and Secretin GPCR families in nine genomes. The Adhesion GPCRs are the most complex gene family among GPCRs with large genomic size, multiple introns and a fascinating flora of functional domains. Phylogenetic analysis showed Adhesion group V (that contains GPR133 and GPR144) to be the closest relative to the Secretin family among the groups in the Adhesion family, which was also supported by splice site setup and conserved motifs. Paper III examines the repertoire of human transmembrane proteins. These form key nodes in mediating the cell’s interaction with the surroundings, which is one of the main reasons why the majority of drug targets are membrane proteins. We identified 6,718 human membrane proteins and classified the majority of them into 234 families of which 151 belong to the three major functional groups; Receptors (63 groups, 1,352 members), Transporters (89 groups, 817 members) or Enzymes (7 groups, 533 members). In addition, 74 Miscellaneous groups were shown to include 697 members. Paper IV clarifies the hierarchy of the main families and evolutionary origin of majority of the metazoan GPCR families. Overall, it suggests common decent of at least 97% of the GPCRs sequences found in humans, including all the main families.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2010. 42 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, ISSN 1651-6206 ; 548
Keyword
G protein-coupled receptors, GPCR, Membrane protein, Rhodopsin, Adhesion, Secretin, Evolution, Bioinformatics, Phylogeny
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Pharmacology and Toxicology Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
Research subject
Bioinformatics; Biology with specialization in Molecular Evolution
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-121696 (URN)978-91-554-7773-8 (ISBN)
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2010-05-15, B42, BMC, Uppsala, 09:00 (English)
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Available from: 2010-04-23 Created: 2010-03-27 Last updated: 2010-04-23Bibliographically approved
2. The Membrane Proteome: Evolution, Characteristics and Classification
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Membrane Proteome: Evolution, Characteristics and Classification
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Membrane proteins are found in all kingdoms of life and are essential for cellular interactions with the environment. Although a large research effort have been put into this group many membrane proteins remains uncharacterized, both in terms of function and evolutionary history. We have estimated the component of α-helical membrane proteins within the human proteome; the membrane proteome. We found that the human membrane proteome make up 27% of all protein, which we could classify the majority of into 234 families and further into three major functional groups: receptors, transporters or enzymes. We extended this analysis by determining the membrane proteome of 24 organisms that covers all major groups of eukaryotes. This comprehensive membrane protein catalog of over 100,000 proteins was utilized to determine the evolutionary history of all membrane protein families throughout eukaryotes.  We also investigated the evolutionary history across eukaryotes of the antiviral Interferon induced transmembrane proteins (IFITM) and the G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) superfamily in detail.  We identified ten novel human homologs to the IFITM proteins, which together with the known IFITMs forms a family that we call the Dispanins. Using phylogenetic analysis we show that the Dispanins first emerged in eukaryotes in a common ancestor of choanoflagellates and animals, and that the family later expanded in vertebrates into four subfamilies. The GPCR superfamily was mined across eukaryotic species and we present evidence for a common origin for four of the five main human GPCR families; Rhodopsin, Frizzled, Adhesion and Secretin in the cAMP receptor family that was found in non-metazoans and invertebrates, but has been lost in vertebrates. Here we present the first accurate estimation of the human proteome together with comprehensive functional and evolutionary classification and extend it to organisms that represents all major eukaryotic groups. Moreover, we identify a novel protein family, the Dispanins, which has an evolutionary history that has been formed by horizontal gene transfer from bacteria followed by expansions in the animal lineage. We also study the evolution of the GPCR superfamily throughout eukaryotic evolution and provide a comprehensive model of the evolution and relationship of these receptors.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2012. 35 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, ISSN 1651-6206 ; 818
Keyword
Membrane proteins, Membrane proteome, molecular evolution, GPCRs, Dispanins, IFITM
National Category
Evolutionary Biology Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
Research subject
Medical Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-181986 (URN)978-91-554-8484-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2012-11-16, B22, BMC, Husargatan 3, Uppsala, 09:15 (English)
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Available from: 2012-10-26 Created: 2012-10-02 Last updated: 2013-01-23Bibliographically approved

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