IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: small monomeric GTPase

Reaction: GTP + H2O = GDP + phosphate

Systematic name: GTP phosphohydrolase (cell-regulating)

Comments: A family of about 50 enzymes with a molecular mass of 21 kDa that are distantly related to the α-subunit of heterotrimeric G-protein GTPase (EC They are involved in cell-growth regulation (Ras subfamily), membrane vesicle traffic and uncoating (Rab and ARF subfamilies), nuclear protein import (Ran subfamily) and organization of the cytoskeleton (Rho and Rac subfamilies).

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1. Bourne, H.R., Sanders, D.A. and McCormick, F. The GTPase superfamily: conserved structure and molecular mechanisms. Nature 349 (1991) 117-127. [PMID: 1898771]

2. Hall, A. Small GTP-binding proteins and the regulation of actin cytoskeleton. Annu. Rev. Cell Biol. 10 (1994) 31-54. [PMID: 7888179]

3. Geyer, M. and Wittinghofer, A. GEFs, GAPs, GDIs and effectors: taking a closer (3D) look at the regulation of Ras-related GTP-binding proteins. Curr. Opin. Struct. Biol. 7 (1997) 786-792. [PMID: 9434896]

4. Vitale, N., Moss, J. and Vaughan, M. Molecular characterization of the GTPase-activating domain of ADP-ribosylation factor domain protein 1 (ARD1). J. Biol. Chem. 273 (1998) 2553-2560. [PMID: 9446556]

[EC created 2000 as EC, transferred 2003 to EC]

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