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Keywords:

  • nuclear pore complex;
  • Nup116;
  • Nup98;
  • Nup100;
  • Nup145;
  • mRNA export;
  • structural genomics

Abstract

The nuclear pore complex (NPC), embedded in the nuclear envelope, is a large, dynamic molecular assembly that facilitates exchange of macromolecules between the nucleus and the cytoplasm. The yeast NPC is an eightfold symmetric annular structure composed of ∼456 polypeptide chains contributed by ∼30 distinct proteins termed nucleoporins. Nup116, identified only in fungi, plays a central role in both protein import and mRNA export through the NPC. Nup116 is a modular protein with N-terminal “FG” repeats containing a Gle2p-binding sequence motif and a NPC targeting domain at its C-terminus. We report the crystal structure of the NPC targeting domain of Candida glabrata Nup116, consisting of residues 882–1034 [CgNup116(882–1034)], at 1.94 Å resolution. The X-ray structure of CgNup116(882–1034) is consistent with the molecular envelope determined in solution by small-angle X-ray scattering. Structural similarities of CgNup116(882–1034) with homologous domains from Saccharomyces cerevisiae Nup116, S. cerevisiae Nup145N, and human Nup98 are discussed. Proteins 2012; © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.