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Lumenal domain of calnexin from PDB 1JHN.
Available structures: 1jhn
Symbol(s) CANX; CNX; FLJ26570; IP90; P90
External IDs OMIM: 114217 MGI: 88261 Homologene: 1324
RNA expression pattern

More reference expression data

Human Mouse
Entrez 821 12330
Ensembl ENSG00000127022 ENSMUSG00000020368
Uniprot P27824 Q3TXE5
Refseq NM_001024649 (mRNA)
NP_001019820 (protein)
NM_007597 (mRNA)
NP_031623 (protein)
Location Chr 5: 179.06 - 179.09 Mb Chr 11: 50.14 - 50.17 Mb
Pubmed search [1] [2]

Calnexin (CNX) is a 90kDa integral protein of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). It consists of a large (50 kDa) N-terminal calcium-binding lumenal domain, a single transmembrane helix and a short (90 residues), acidic cytoplasmic tail.

Calnexin belongs among chaperones, which are characterized by their main function of assisting protein folding and quality control, ensuring that only properly folded and assembled proteins proceed further along the secretory pathway.

The function of calnexin is to retain unfolded or unassembled N-linked glycoproteins in the endoplasmic reticulum.

Calnexin binds only those N-glycoproteins that have GlcNAc2Man9Glc1 oligosaccharides.

Oligosaccharides with three sequential glucose residues are added to asparagine residues of the nascent proteins in the ER.

The monoglucosylated oligosaccharides that are recognized by calnexin result from the trimming of two glucose residues by the sequential action of two glucosidases, I and II. Glucosidase II can also remove the third and last glucose residue.

If the glycoprotein is not properly folded, an enzyme called UGGT (for UDP-glucose:glycoprotein glucosyltransferase) will add the glucose residue back onto the oligosaccharide thus regenerating the glycoprotein ability to bind to calnexin.

The glycoprotein chain which for some reason has difficulty folding up properly thus loiters in the ER, risking the encounter with MNS1 (alpha-mannosidase), which eventually sentences the underperforming glycoprotein to degradation by removing its mannose residue.

ATP and Ca++ are two of the cofactors involved in substrate binding for calnexin.

Further reading

  • Kleizen B, Braakman I (2005). "Protein folding and quality control in the endoplasmic reticulum.". Curr. Opin. Cell Biol. 16 (4): 343-9. doi:10.1016/ PMID 15261665.
  • Rasmussen HH, van Damme J, Puype M, et al. (1993). "Microsequences of 145 proteins recorded in the two-dimensional gel protein database of normal human epidermal keratinocytes.". Electrophoresis 13 (12): 960-9. PMID 1286667.
  • Galvin K, Krishna S, Ponchel F, et al. (1992). "The major histocompatibility complex class I antigen-binding protein p88 is the product of the calnexin gene.". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 89 (18): 8452-6. PMID 1326756.
  • Pind S, Riordan JR, Williams DB (1994). "Participation of the endoplasmic reticulum chaperone calnexin (p88, IP90) in the biogenesis of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator.". J. Biol. Chem. 269 (17): 12784-8. PMID 7513695.
  • Honoré B, Rasmussen HH, Celis A, et al. (1994). "The molecular chaperones HSP28, GRP78, endoplasmin, and calnexin exhibit strikingly different levels in quiescent keratinocytes as compared to their proliferating normal and transformed counterparts: cDNA cloning and expression of calnexin.". Electrophoresis 15 (3-4): 482-90. PMID 8055875.
  • Tjoelker LW, Seyfried CE, Eddy RL, et al. (1994). "Human, mouse, and rat calnexin cDNA cloning: identification of potential calcium binding motifs and gene localization to human chromosome 5.". Biochemistry 33 (11): 3229-36. PMID 8136357.
  • Lenter M, Vestweber D (1994). "The integrin chains beta 1 and alpha 6 associate with the chaperone calnexin prior to integrin assembly.". J. Biol. Chem. 269 (16): 12263-8. PMID 8163531.
  • Rajagopalan S, Xu Y, Brenner MB (1994). "Retention of unassembled components of integral membrane proteins by calnexin.". Science 263 (5145): 387-90. PMID 8278814.
  • David V, Hochstenbach F, Rajagopalan S, Brenner MB (1993). "Interaction with newly synthesized and retained proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum suggests a chaperone function for human integral membrane protein IP90 (calnexin).". J. Biol. Chem. 268 (13): 9585-92. PMID 8486646.
  • Bellovino D, Morimoto T, Tosetti F, Gaetani S (1996). "Retinol binding protein and transthyretin are secreted as a complex formed in the endoplasmic reticulum in HepG2 human hepatocarcinoma cells.". Exp. Cell Res. 222 (1): 77-83. doi:10.1006/excr.1996.0010. PMID 8549676.
  • Otteken A, Moss B (1996). "Calreticulin interacts with newly synthesized human immunodeficiency virus type 1 envelope glycoprotein, suggesting a chaperone function similar to that of calnexin.". J. Biol. Chem. 271 (1): 97-103. PMID 8550632.
  • Devergne O, Hummel M, Koeppen H, et al. (1996). "A novel interleukin-12 p40-related protein induced by latent Epstein-Barr virus infection in B lymphocytes.". J. Virol. 70 (2): 1143-53. PMID 8551575.
  • Andersson B, Wentland MA, Ricafrente JY, et al. (1996). "A "double adaptor" method for improved shotgun library construction.". Anal. Biochem. 236 (1): 107-13. doi:10.1006/abio.1996.0138. PMID 8619474.
  • van Leeuwen JE, Kearse KP (1996). "Calnexin associates exclusively with individual CD3 delta and T cell antigen receptor (TCR) alpha proteins containing incompletely trimmed glycans that are not assembled into multisubunit TCR complexes.". J. Biol. Chem. 271 (16): 9660-5. PMID 8621641.
  • Oliver JD, Hresko RC, Mueckler M, High S (1996). "The glut 1 glucose transporter interacts with calnexin and calreticulin.". J. Biol. Chem. 271 (23): 13691-6. PMID 8662691.
  • Li Y, Bergeron JJ, Luo L, et al. (1996). "Effects of inefficient cleavage of the signal sequence of HIV-1 gp 120 on its association with calnexin, folding, and intracellular transport.". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 93 (18): 9606-11. PMID 8790377.
  • Trombetta ES, Simons JF, Helenius A (1996). "Endoplasmic reticulum glucosidase II is composed of a catalytic subunit, conserved from yeast to mammals, and a tightly bound noncatalytic HDEL-containing subunit.". J. Biol. Chem. 271 (44): 27509-16. PMID 8910335.
  • Tatu U, Helenius A (1997). "Interactions between newly synthesized glycoproteins, calnexin and a network of resident chaperones in the endoplasmic reticulum.". J. Cell Biol. 136 (3): 555-65. PMID 9024687.
  • Wiest DL, Bhandoola A, Punt J, et al. (1997). "Incomplete endoplasmic reticulum (ER) retention in immature thymocytes as revealed by surface expression of "ER-resident" molecular chaperones.". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 94 (5): 1884-9. PMID 9050874.
  • Yu W, Andersson B, Worley KC, et al. (1997). "Large-scale concatenation cDNA sequencing.". Genome Res. 7 (4): 353-8. PMID 9110174.
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