Intersection of selenoproteins and kinase signalling

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The small, obscure group of selenoprotein oxidoreductases and the huge clan of kinases, the workhorses of cellular signalling, are rarely discussed together. Focusing on selenoproteins of unknown structures, we predict a thioredoxin-like fold for the Selenoprotein N (SelN) family and use the structure to rationalise effects of the muscular myopathy-linked mutations in the gene coding SelN. Discussing the recent prediction of a protein kinase-like domain in the Selenoprotein O (SelO), we reiterate evidence for an oxidoreductase function alongside the predicted kinase domain. Thus, we propose that SelO, the strongly conserved kinase-cum-tentative-oxidoreductase may reflect oxidoreductase regulation of kinase networks. Also, we use bibliometric and systems biology approach to explore the kinase-selenoprotein relationships that begin to emerge from the literature. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Inhibitors of Protein Kinases (2012).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1279-1284
Number of pages6
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta - Proteins and Proteomics
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Kinome
  • Oxidoreductase
  • Protein structure prediction
  • Remote homology
  • Selenoprotein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology


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