2i2O Protein Evolution Presentation

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  • Evolution of eIF4G occurred early on in euks

  • Evolution of three domains within eIF4G - MIF4G being one of them

  • Research indicates all three domains present in early euks

  • Possible loss of these domains within other organisms

  • Three programs used to construct phylogenetic tree

  • Blast used to find significant sequences

  • 54 sequences chosen because E-value under 0.01


Figure 1.0 Protein sequence of MIF4G domain containing protein found in Homo sapiens.

  • ClustalX used

  • Multiple alignment of the 55 sequences undertaken

  • First draft phylogenetic tree created

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Figure 1.1 Multiple alignment sequence of the MIF4G domain containing protein. The top sequence is the human sequence of the MIF4G protein and the focus of this report.


  • Final phylogenetic tree constructed by using program Phylip


Figure 1.1 Phylogenetic tree of the 55 significant sequences closest to MIFG4 protein. Bootstrapping values shown on the tree. * denotes a bootstrap value less than 75

  • No sequences found represented the two other euk. families, plants and fungi

  • Goes against other evidence that suggests all 3 eIF4G domains present in early euks

  • Possible reasons include e-value cut-offs, sequences dissimilar to human protein and deletion of the protein domain from these eukaryotes

  • Bootstrapped tree interesting that split into two smaller trees consisting of the vertebrates.

  • Divergence of the ancestral MIF4G protein in Metazoans

  • Need to perform different functions in different types of cells

  • More info needed on the other MIF4G proteins from the other species to also determine their structure and function