Structure of the C-terminal domain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae Nup133, a component of the nuclear pore complex

Proteins. 2011 May;79(5):1672-7. doi: 10.1002/prot.22973. Epub 2011 Mar 1.


Nuclear pore complexes (NPCs), responsible for the nucleo-cytoplasmic exchange of proteins and nucleic acids, are dynamic macromolecular assemblies forming an eight-fold symmetric co-axial ring structure. Yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) NPCs are made up of at least 456 polypeptide chains of ~30 distinct sequences. Many of these components (nucleoporins, Nups) share similar structural motifs and form stable subcomplexes. We have determined a high-resolution crystal structure of the C-terminal domain of yeast Nup133 (ScNup133), a component of the heptameric Nup84 subcomplex. Expression tests yielded ScNup133(944-1157) that produced crystals diffracting to 1.9Å resolution.

ScNup133(944-1157) adopts essentially an all α-helical fold, with a short two stranded β-sheet at the C-terminus. The 11 α-helices of ScNup133(944-1157) form a compact fold. In contrast, the previously determined structure of human Nup133(934-1156) bound to a fragment of human Nup107 has its constituent α-helices are arranged in two globular blocks. These differences may reflect structural divergence among homologous nucleoporins.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Minor Histocompatibility Antigens
  • Models, Molecular
  • Nuclear Pore Complex Proteins / chemistry*
  • Protein Structure, Tertiary
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / chemistry*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins / chemistry*
  • Scattering, Small Angle
  • X-Ray Diffraction


  • Minor Histocompatibility Antigens
  • NUP133 protein, S cerevisiae
  • NUP133 protein, human
  • Nuclear Pore Complex Proteins
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins

Associated data

  • PDB/3KFO