The Membrane Proteome Evolution, Characteristics and Classification

University dissertation from Uppsala : Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis

Abstract: Membrane proteins are found in all kingdoms of life and are essential for cellular interactions with the environment. Although a large research effort have been put into this group many membrane proteins remains uncharacterized, both in terms of function and evolutionary history. We have estimated the component of ?-helical membrane proteins within the human proteome; the membrane proteome. We found that the human membrane proteome make up 27% of all protein, which we could classify the majority of into 234 families and further into three major functional groups: receptors, transporters or enzymes. We extended this analysis by determining the membrane proteome of 24 organisms that covers all major groups of eukaryotes. This comprehensive membrane protein catalog of over 100,000 proteins was utilized to determine the evolutionary history of all membrane protein families throughout eukaryotes.  We also investigated the evolutionary history across eukaryotes of the antiviral Interferon induced transmembrane proteins (IFITM) and the G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) superfamily in detail.  We identified ten novel human homologs to the IFITM proteins, which together with the known IFITMs forms a family that we call the Dispanins. Using phylogenetic analysis we show that the Dispanins first emerged in eukaryotes in a common ancestor of choanoflagellates and animals, and that the family later expanded in vertebrates into four subfamilies. The GPCR superfamily was mined across eukaryotic species and we present evidence for a common origin for four of the five main human GPCR families; Rhodopsin, Frizzled, Adhesion and Secretin in the cAMP receptor family that was found in non-metazoans and invertebrates, but has been lost in vertebrates. Here we present the first accurate estimation of the human proteome together with comprehensive functional and evolutionary classification and extend it to organisms that represents all major eukaryotic groups. Moreover, we identify a novel protein family, the Dispanins, which has an evolutionary history that has been formed by horizontal gene transfer from bacteria followed by expansions in the animal lineage. We also study the evolution of the GPCR superfamily throughout eukaryotic evolution and provide a comprehensive model of the evolution and relationship of these receptors.