IQ calmodulin-binding motif

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IQ calmodulin-binding motif
PDB 1wdc EBI.jpg
Structure of the regulatory domain of scallop myosin at 2 A resolution.[1]
Symbol IQ
Pfam PF00612
InterPro IPR000048
SCOP 1wdc

The IQ calmodulin-binding motif is an amino acid sequence motif containing the following sequence:

  • [FILV]Qxxx[RK]Gxxx[RK]xx[FILVWY]

The term "IQ" refers to the first two amino acids of the motif: isoleucine (commonly) and glutamine (invariably).


Calmodulin (CaM) is recognized as a major calcium (Ca2+) sensor and orchestrator of regulatory events through its interaction with a diverse group of cellular proteins. Three classes of recognition motifs exist for many of the known CaM binding proteins; the IQ motif as a consensus for Ca2+-independent binding and two related motifs for Ca2+-dependent binding, termed 1-14 and 1-5-10 based on the position of conserved hydrophobic residues.[2]


The regulatory domain of scallop myosin is a three-chain protein complex that switches on this motor in response to Ca2+ binding. Side-chain interactions link the two light chains in tandem to adjacent segments of the heavy chain bearing the IQ-sequence motif. The Ca2+-binding site is a novel EF hand motif on the essential light chain and is stabilized by linkages involving the heavy chain and both light chains, accounting for the requirement of all three chains for Ca2+binding and regulation in the intact myosin molecule.[3]


  1. ^ Houdusse A, Cohen C (January 1996). "Structure of the regulatory domain of scallop myosin at 2 A resolution: implications for regulation". Structure 4 (1): 21–32. doi:10.1016/S0969-2126(96)00006-8. PMID 8805510. 
  2. ^ Rhoads AR, Friedberg F (April 1997). "Sequence motifs for calmodulin recognition". FASEB J. 11 (5): 331–40. PMID 9141499. 
  3. ^ Xie X, Harrison DH, Schlichting I, Sweet RM, Kalabokis VN, Szent-Györgyi AG, Cohen C (March 1994). "Structure of the regulatory domain of scallop myosin at 2.8 A resolution". Nature 368 (6469): 306–12. doi:10.1038/368306a0. PMID 8127365. 

This article incorporates text from the public domain Pfam and InterPro IPR000048