Forkhead associated domain histidine triad like protein
Forkhead-associated domain histidine triad-like protein
FunctionDNA-binding protein involved in single-strand DNA break repair, double-strand DNA break repair and base excision repair. Resolves abortive DNA ligation intermediates formed either at base excision sites, or when DNA ligases attempt to repair non-ligatable breaks induced by reactive oxygen species. Catalyzes the release of adenylate groups covalently linked to 5'-phosphate termini, resulting in the production of 5'-phosphate termini that can be efficiently rejoined. Also able to hydrolyze adenosine 5'-monophosphoramidate (AMP-NH(2)) and diadenosine tetraphosphate (AppppA), but with lower catalytic activity.
Tissue specificityWidely expressed. In brain, it is expressed in the posterior cortex, cerebellum, hippocampus and olfactory bulb. Isoform 1 is highly expressed in the cerebral cortex and cerebellum, compared to isoform 2.
Involvement in diseaseDefects in APTX are the cause of ataxia-oculomotor apraxia syndrome (AOA) [MIM:208920]. AOA is an autosomal recessive syndrome characterized by early-onset cerebellar ataxia, oculomotor apraxia, early areflexia and late peripheral neuropathy. Defects in APTX are a cause of coenzyme Q10 deficiency (COQ10D) [MIM:607426]. Coenzyme Q10 deficiency is an autosomal recessive disorder with variable manifestations. It can be associated with three main clinical phenotypes: a predominantly myopathic form with central nervous system involvement, an infantile encephalomyopathy with renal dysfunction and an ataxic form with cerebellar atrophy.
DomainThe histidine triad, also called HIT motif, forms part of the binding loop for the alpha-phosphate of purine mononucleotide. The FHA-like domain mediates interaction with NCL; XRCC1 and XRCC4. The HIT domain is required for enzymatic activity. The C2H2-type zinc finger mediates DNA-binding.
Cellular localizationNucleus > nucleoplasm. Nucleus > nucleolus. Upon genotoxic stress, colocalizes with XRCC1 at sites of DNA damage. Colocalizes with MDC1 at sites of DNA double-strand breaks. Interaction with NCL is required for nucleolar localization.