Cyclophilin A binds to linear peptide motifs containing a consensus that is present in many human proteins

J Biol Chem. 2005 Jun 24;280(25):23668-74. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M503405200. Epub 2005 Apr 21.


Cyclophilin A (CypA) is a peptidyl-prolyl cis/trans-isomerase that is involved in multiple signaling events of eukaryotic cells. It might either act as a catalyst for prolyl bond isomerization, or it can form stoichiometric complexes with target proteins. We have investigated the linear sequence recognition code for CypA by phage display and found the consensus motif FGPXLp to be selected after five rounds of panning. The peptide FGPDLPAGD showed inhibition of the isomerase reaction and NMR chemical shift mapping experiments highlight the CypA interaction epitope. Ligand docking suggests that the peptide was able to bind to CypA in the cis- and trans-conformation. Protein Data Bank searches reveal that many human proteins contain the consensus motif, and several of these protein motifs are shown to interact with CypA in vitro. These sequences represent putative target sites for binding of CypA to intracellular proteins.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Motifs
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Bacteriophages / genetics
  • Cyclophilin A / chemistry
  • Cyclophilin A / genetics
  • Cyclophilin A / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Models, Molecular
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Biomolecular
  • Peptides / chemistry
  • Peptides / metabolism*
  • Protein Binding
  • Recombinant Proteins / chemistry
  • Recombinant Proteins / genetics
  • Recombinant Proteins / metabolism


  • Peptides
  • Recombinant Proteins
  • Cyclophilin A