X-ray structure of the N-terminal domain of the flocculin Flo5 from Saccharomyces cerevisiae in complex with calcium and Man5(D2-D3)

Experimental Data Snapshot

  • Resolution: 1.25 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.140 
  • R-Value Work: 0.113 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.114 

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Structural Basis of Flocculin-Mediated Social Behavior in Yeast

Veelders, M.Brueckner, S.Ott, D.Unverzagt, C.Moesch, H.-U.Essen, L.-O.

(2010) Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 107: 22511

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1013210108
  • Primary Citation of Related Structures:  
    2XJP, 2XJQ, 2XJR, 2XJS, 2XJT, 2XJU, 2XJV

  • PubMed Abstract: 

    In the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, self-recognition and the thereby promoted aggregation of thousands of cells into protective flocs is mediated by a family of cell-surface adhesins, the flocculins (Flo). Based on this social behavior FLO genes fulfill the definition of "greenbeard" genes, which direct cooperation toward other carriers of the same gene. The process of flocculation plays an eminent role in the food industry for the production of beer and wine. However, the precise mode of flocculin-mediated surface recognition and the exact structure of cognate ligands have remained elusive. Here, we present structures of the adhesion domain of a flocculin complexed to its cognate ligands derived from yeast high-mannose oligosaccharides at resolutions up to 0.95 Å. Besides a PA14-like architecture, the Flo5A domain reveals a previously undescribed lectin fold that utilizes a unique DcisD calcium-binding motif for carbohydrate binding and that is widely spread among pro- and eukaryotes. Given the high abundance of high-mannose oligosaccharides in yeast cell walls, the Flo5A structure suggests a model for recognition, where social non-self- instead of unsocial self-interactions are favored.

  • Organizational Affiliation

    Department of Chemistry/Biochemistry, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Hans-Meerwein-Strasse, D-35032 Marburg, Germany.

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Entity ID: 1
MoleculeChains Sequence LengthOrganismDetailsImage
FLOCCULATION PROTEIN FLO5258Saccharomyces cerevisiae S288CMutation(s): 0 
Find proteins for P38894 (Saccharomyces cerevisiae (strain ATCC 204508 / S288c))
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Go to UniProtKB:  P38894
Entity Groups  
Sequence Clusters30% Identity50% Identity70% Identity90% Identity95% Identity100% Identity
UniProt GroupP38894
Sequence Annotations
  • Reference Sequence


Entity ID: 2
MoleculeChains Length2D Diagram Glycosylation3D Interactions
Glycosylation Resources
GlyTouCan:  G84430BE
GlyCosmos:  G84430BE
GlyGen:  G84430BE
Experimental Data & Validation

Experimental Data

  • Resolution: 1.25 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.140 
  • R-Value Work: 0.113 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.114 
  • Space Group: P 21 21 21
Unit Cell:
Length ( Å )Angle ( ˚ )
a = 46.46α = 90
b = 61.91β = 90
c = 106.43γ = 90
Software Package:
Software NamePurpose
XDSdata reduction
XSCALEdata scaling

Structure Validation

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Entry History 

Deposition Data

Revision History  (Full details and data files)

  • Version 1.0: 2010-12-15
    Type: Initial release
  • Version 1.1: 2011-05-08
    Changes: Version format compliance
  • Version 1.2: 2011-07-13
    Changes: Version format compliance
  • Version 2.0: 2020-07-29
    Type: Remediation
    Reason: Carbohydrate remediation
    Changes: Atomic model, Data collection, Derived calculations, Other, Structure summary
  • Version 2.1: 2024-05-01
    Changes: Data collection, Database references, Refinement description, Structure summary