1.C.126 The HlyC (HlyC) Family of Haemolysins
The putative hemolysin C of Brachyspira hyodysenteriae (268 aas; ter Huurne et al., 1994) and the Co2+-resistance protein, CorC of Salmonella typhimurium (273 aas; with one putative TMS (residues 163-181)) are homologous throughout most of their lengths to each other and to the C-terminal portions of 5 close paralogues in Bacillus subtilis, all of which are about 440 aas long and have an N-terminal 4 TMS domain. One representative B. subtilis paralogue is YrkA (434 aas; P54428). The CorC protein was believed to function as an auxiliary protein to the CorA Co2+/Mg2+ channel of S. typhimurium (Gibson et al., 1991). CorA is a member of the Metal Ion Transporter (MIT) family of α-type channels (TC #1.A.35). The HlyC family corresponds to SwissProt family UPF0053. MstE (1.A.26.1.2), CLC (2.A.49.6.1) and HlyC/CorC may all share a hydrophilic domain, and members of the HlyC family lack the 4 TMS transmembrane region and therefore are probably not transporters (see below).
The bacterial proteins, YrkA (1.C.126.2.1) and YhdP (1.C.126.2.2) have three recognized domains: the 4-TMS DUF21 domain (residues 1-170), a nucleotide binding CBS domain (residues 225-335) and a CorC/HlyC domain (residues 360-430). The mammalian homologues have at least the first two of these domains which are preceded by an N-terminal TMS and an unidentified hydrophilic domain. The bacterial HlyC and CorC proteins (1.C.126.1.1 and 1.C.126.1.2) lack the 4 TMS DUF21 domain, but have the CBS and CorC/HlyC domains. Functions of the spirochete HlyC and the Salmonella CorC as transporters are in doubt. Only the proteins with the DUF21 domain are likely to be transporters. All of the evidence is consistent with the conclusion that these homologues form divalent-cation-specific porters or channels.
There is controversy as to (1) whether the CNNM (cyclin) proteins are transporters or regulators, and (2) if they are transporters, whether they are channels or carriers. The CBS domains bind ATP (Hirata et al. 2014). In humans, the CNNM family is encoded by four genes: CNNM1-4. CNNM1 is thought to act as a cytosolic copper chaperone, whereas CNNM2 and CNNM4 have been associated with magnesium handling. Interestingly, mutations in the CNNM2 gene cause familial dominant hypomagnesaemia (MIM:607803), a rare human disorder characterized by renal and intestinal magnesium (Mg2+) wasting, which may lead to symptoms of Mg2+ depletion such as tetany, seizures and cardiac arrhythmias (Gómez-García et al. 2012). In marine fish, there are 6 CNNM paralogues each with a different location and function, probably catayzing Mg2+ efflux (Islam et al. 2014). Three conserved dileucine motifs in CNNM4 are necessary for both basolateral sorting and interaction with the μ1As (AP1A) and μ1B (AP1B) proteins (Hirata et al. 2014). Ishii et al. 2016 also concluded that CNNM proteins are efflux permeases.
PRL phosphatases and CNNM proteins form complexes, regulated by the formation of phosphocysteine. Gulerez et al. 2016 showed that cysteine in the PRL phosphatase catalytic site is endogenously phosphorylated as part of the catalytic cycle and that phosphocysteine levels change in response to Mg2+ levels. Phosphorylation blocks PRL binding to the CNNM Mg2+ transporters, and mutations that block the PRL-CNNM interaction prevent regulation of Mg2+ efflux in cultured cells. The crystal structure of the complex of PRL2 and the CBS-pair domain of the Mg2+ transporter CNNM3 revealed the molecular basis for the interaction (Gulerez et al. 2016). The structural basis underlying the interaction between PRL phosphatases and CNNM transporters has been further studied (Giménez-Mascarell et al. 2017). Renal function of CNNM2 is necessary for maintenance of blood pressure (Funato et al. 2017), and Funato et al. 2018 have concluded that CNNM porters are Na+:Mg2+ antiporters. However Arjona and de Baaij 2018 suggested that they function as regulators of Mg2+ transport, although Funato et al. 2018 rebutted this suggestion. Chen et al. 2018 concluded that the CBS domains in CNNM proteins mediate dimerization and are important for Mg2+ transport activity. Most of the evnidence therefore suggests that CNNM proteins are Mg2+ exporters.