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Mol Microbiol. 1993 Oct;10(1):7-12.

Human Menkes X-chromosome disease and the staphylococcal cadmium-resistance ATPase: a remarkable similarity in protein sequences.

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Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago 60612.


A search with the proposed amino acid translation product from the new 'candidate gene' for human Menkes disease against protein sequence libraries showed a remarkable similarity to that for the cadmium efflux ATPase from Staphylococcus aureus resistance plasmids. The Menkes sequence appears closer to the CadA Cd2+ sequence than to P-type ATPases from animal sources. Menkes syndrome is an X-chromosome invariably fatal disease that results from aberrant copper metabolism. The gene that is defective in Menkes patients, i.e. the Menkes candidate gene, encodes a P-type ATPase, whose properties satisfactorily explain the phenotype of the disease. P-type ATPases are all cation pumps, either for uptake (e.g. the bacterial Kdp K+ ATPase), for efflux (e.g. the muscle sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ ATPase), or for cation exchange (e.g. the animal cell Na+/K+ ATPase). These enzymes have a conserved aspartate residue that is transiently phosphorylated from ATP during the transport cycle, hence the name 'P-type' ATPase. The Menkes sequence shares with the staphylococcal CadA ATPase those regions common to all P-type ATPases and also an N-terminal dithiol region that was proposed to be a 'metal-binding motif'. There are one or two copies of this motif in the available CadA sequences and six copies in the Menkes sequence.

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