The predicted secondary structures of class I fructose-bisphosphate aldolases

Biochem J. 1988 Feb 1;249(3):789-93. doi: 10.1042/bj2490789.


The results of several secondary-structure prediction programs were combined to produce an estimate of the regions of alpha-helix, beta-sheet and reverse turns for fructose-bisphosphate aldolases from human and rat muscle and liver, from Trypanosoma brucei and from Drosophila melanogaster. All the aldolase sequences gave essentially the same pattern of secondary-structure predictions despite having sequences up to 50% different. One exception to this pattern was an additional strongly predicted helix in the rat liver and Drosophila enzymes. Regions of relatively high sequence variation generally were predicted as reverse turns, and probably occur as surface loops. Most of the positions corresponding to exon boundaries are located between regions predicted to have secondary-structural elements consistent with a compact structure. The predominantly alternating alpha/beta structure predicted is consistent with the alpha/beta-barrel structure indicated by preliminary high-resolution X-ray diffraction studies on rabbit muscle aldolase [Sygusch, Beaudry & Allaire (1986) Biophys. J. 49, 287a].

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Drosophila melanogaster / enzymology
  • Fructose-Bisphosphate Aldolase*
  • Humans
  • Liver / enzymology
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Muscles / enzymology
  • Protein Conformation
  • Rats
  • Trypanosoma brucei brucei / enzymology


  • Fructose-Bisphosphate Aldolase