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FKBP-type peptidyl-prolyl cis-trans isomerase
The human protein FKBP12 bound to FK506 (tacrolimus). The protein surface is colored by hydrophobicity; the deep cleft in which the ligand is bound is hydrophobic.
Symbol FKBP_C
Pfam PF00254
InterPro IPR001179
SCOP 1fkb
A cartoon representation of the same protein in the same orientation.

FKBP, or FK506 binding protein, is a family of proteins that have prolyl isomerase activity and are related to the cyclophilins in function, though not in amino acid sequence.[1] FKBPs have been identified in many eukaryotes from yeast to humans and function as protein folding chaperones for proteins containing proline residues. Along with cyclophilin, FKBPs belong to the immunophilin family.[2]

FKBP12 is notable in humans for binding the immunosuppressant molecule tacrolimus (originally designated FK506), which is used in treating patients after organ transplant and patients suffering from autoimmune disorders.[3] Tacrolimus has been found to reduce episodes of organ rejection over a related treatment, the drug ciclosporin, which binds cyclophilin.[4] Both the FKBP-tacrolimus complex and the ciclosporin-cyclophilin complex inhibit a phosphatase called calcineurin, thus blocking signal transduction in the T-lymphocyte transduction pathway.[5] This therapeutic role is not related to prolyl isomerase activity.

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  1. ^ Siekierka JJ, Hung SH, Poe M, Lin CS, Sigal NH (October 1989). "A cytosolic binding protein for the immunosuppressant FK506 has peptidyl-prolyl isomerase activity but is distinct from cyclophilin". Nature 341 (6244): 755–7. doi:10.1038/341755a0. PMID 2477714.  
  2. ^ Balbach J, Schmid FX (2000). "Proline isomerization and its catalysis in protein folding". in Pain RH. Mechanisms of protein folding (2nd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 212–237. ISBN 0-19-963789-X.  
  3. ^ Wang T, Donahoe PK, Zervos AS (July 1994). "Specific interaction of type I receptors of the TGF-beta family with the immunophilin FKBP-12". Science 265 (5172): 674–6. doi:10.1126/science.7518616. PMID 7518616.  
  4. ^ Mayer AD, Dmitrewski J, Squifflet JP, Besse T, Grabensee B, Klein B, Eigler FW, Heemann U, Pichlmayr R, Behrend M, Vanrenterghem Y, Donck J, van Hooff J, Christiaans M, Morales JM, Andres A, Johnson RW, Short C, Buchholz B, Rehmert N, Land W, Schleibner S, Forsythe JL, Talbot D, Pohanka E (August 1997). "Multicenter randomized trial comparing tacrolimus (FK506) and cyclosporine in the prevention of renal allograft rejection: a report of the European Tacrolimus Multicenter Renal Study Group". Transplantation 64 (3): 436–43. doi:10.1097/00007890-199708150-00012. PMID 9275110.  
  5. ^ Liu J, Farmer JD, Lane WS, Friedman J, Weissman I, Schreiber SL (August 1991). "Calcineurin is a common target of cyclophilin-cyclosporin A and FKBP-FK506 complexes". Cell 66 (4): 807–15. doi:10.1016/0092-8674(91)90124-H. PMID 1715244.  

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