2.A.106 Ca2+:H+ Antiporter-2 (CaCA2) Family
The PF27 family (SwissProt family UPF0016; Prosite entry PDOC00934) is a small family of proteins from bacteria and eukaryotes. These proteins are found in bacteria, archaea, yeast, plants and animals. They are usually 200-350 amino acyl residues long and exhibit 5-7 TMSs.
Defects in the human TMEM165 homologue are the cause of congenital disorder of glycosylation type 2K (CDG2K), an autosomal recessive disorder with variable phenotypes (Foulquier et al.2012). Affected individuals show psychomotor and growth retardation, and most have short stature. Other features include dysmorphism, hypotonia, eye abnormalities, acquired microcephaly, hepatomegaly, and skeletal dysplasia. Congenital disorders of glycosylation are caused by a defect in glycoprotein biosynthesis and are characterized by under-glycosylated serum glycoproteins and a wide variety of clinical features. The broad spectrum of features may reflect the critical role of N-glycoproteins during embryonic development, differentiation, and maintenance of cell functions (Foulquier et al. 2012).
The Ca2+:H+ Antiporter (CaCA2) Family (previous called the uncharacterized Protein Family 0016 (UPF0016), is well conserved throughout prokaryotes and eukaryotes. The yeast golgi Gcr1-dependent translation factor 1 protein (Gdt1p) contributes to Ca2+ homeostasis. A yeast gdt1 mutant was found to be sensitive to high concentrations of Ca2+, and this sensitivity was suppressed by expression of human TMEM165 in yeast (Demaegd et al.2013). Patch-clamp analyses on human cells indicated that TMEM165 catalyzes Ca2+ transport, and defects in TMEM165 affected both Ca2+ and pH homeostasis.Gdt1p and TMEM165 are probably Golgi-localized Ca2+:H+ antiporters. Modification of the Golgi Ca2+ and pH balance could explain the glycosylation defects observed in TMEM165-deficient patients.
The UPF0016 family is defined by the presence of 1 or 2 copies of the E-phi-G-D-[KR]-[TS] consensus motif in their transmembrane domain. Colinet et al. 2017 showed that 2 members of this family, the human TMEM165 and the budding yeast Gdt1p, are functionally related Ca2+ transporters. Mutations in TMEM165 cause a type of rare human genetic diseases called Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation. Mutations in the yeast Golgi-localized Ca2+ transporter, Gdt1, revealed that acidic and polar uncharged residues of the consensus motifs are involved in calcium tolerance and calcium transport activity. The E53 residue corresponds to the mutation in humans that triggers congenital disorders of glycosylation (Colinet et al. 2017).
The generalized reaction catalyzed by CaCA2 family members is:
Ca2+ (cytoplasm) + H+ (golgi lumen) → Ca2+ (golgi lumen) + H+ (cytoplasm).