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POTE ankyrin domain family, member B is a protein in humans that is encoded by the POTEB gene.[1](Prostate, Ovary, Testes Expressed ankyrin domain family member B).It is most likely involved in mediating protein-protein interaction via its 5 ankyrin domains.[2] POTEB is most probably aids in intracellular signaling, but is not likely to be a secreted or nuclear protein.[2] POTEB's function is likely to be regulated via 17 potential phosphorylation sites.[3] There is currently no evidence to suggest that POTEB has nuclear localization signals.[4]


POTEB is located at 15q11.2 on chromosome 15 in humans and is transcribed from the reverse DNA strand. POTEB is also known as POTEB3 and POTE15.[5] The POTEB gene is 47,547 base pairs in length and is composed of 11 exons.[5]

File:Location of POTEB.JPG
Schematic diagram of chromosome 15 in humans, showing the location of the POTEB gene (Red line).


The POTEB gene can be transcribed to create four potential mRNAs. However, only one of these mRNAs, possessing all 11 exons, is capable of being translated to the POTEB protein.[6] The three other transcripts do not encode proteins.

File:Exon variants for POTEB.jpg
The 4 possible mRNAs obtained from the POTEB gene. Only POTEB-001, containing 11 exons, encodes the complete POTEB protein.


The POTEB protein is composed of 544 amino acids and, according to bioinformatic analyses, has a molecular weight of 61.7 kDa. It has an isoelectric point of 5.68.[7] Its most common amino acids are leucine and glutamic acid, which account for 11% and 10.3% of the protein respectively.[7] However, this is normal for human proteins. POTEB is most likely a cytoplasmic protein[8] that is phosphorylated at 17 serines, threonines, and tyrosines located throughout the length of the protein,[3] but concentrated at the C-terminus of the protein. Its secondary structure is mainly five helical ankyrin repeat domains, which contain the TALHL motif. There is also one myristoylation site on the protein, close to the N-terminus.[9]

File:POTEB schematic diagram updated.jpg
A schematic diagram showing important domains and post-translational modifications of POTEB.


POTEB is expressed at high levels in the human prostate, ovary, and testes. However, there is also evidence to show that it is expressed at low levels in embryonic stem cells, the nasopharyngeal region, and in breast tissue.[10][11] In embryonic stem cells, differentiation is likely to turn off the expression of POTEB while in breast cancer, triple negative cells are found to have no POTEB expression suggesting a role in cancer-activated pathways.[11]

File:POTEB Expression in Breast cancer.jpg
This graph compares POTEB expression in different types of breast cancer tissue.

Some studies have used POTEB probes to study the expression of POTEB in the human brain. However, the only region with notable POTEB expression is the cerebellar cortex, responsible for motor function and some cognitive functions.[12]

File:POTEB Brain Atlas.jpg
This image shows the expression of POTEB in the human brain, around the cerebellar cortex region.

Regulation of Expression

POTEB expression is likely regulated by E-box binding factors and Krueppel-like transcription factors, along with nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) transcription factors.[13]

POTEB expression could be regulated by the binding of transcription factors to intron 1 of the pre-mRNA, leading to the production of a truncated mRNA which is not translated. Alternatively, POTEB expression could be downregulated by the formation of stem loops close to the start codon.[14] There are no known ubiquitination sites in POTEB that could aid in regulating POTEB function and stability.

File:POTEB Stem Loop 2.jpg
This image shows one of the predicted stem loop structures in POTEB mRNA. Structures such as these could influence whether or not ribosomes have access to the POTEB mRNA sequence, in turn affecting expression of POTEB protein.


POTEB is most likely involved in mediating protein-protein interaction via its 5 ankyrin domains.[2] POTEB is most probably aids in intracellular signaling, but is not likely to be a secreted or nuclear protein[2] as it is unlikely to contain nuclear localization signals.[4] POTEB's function is likely to be regulated via 17 potential phosphorylation sites[3] which determine how the ankyrin domains interact with other proteins.[15]

Protein-Protein Interactions

There have been no studies published confirming the interaction of POTEB with other human proteins. However, there is unpublished data suggesting an interaction between POTEB and alpha-1-B glycoproteins, APOBEC1 complementation factors, and alpha-2-macroglobulin.[16] This data is based on affinity capture- mass spectrometry.

Clinical Significance

POTEB expression is low or completely reduced in triple-negative breast cancer cells when compared to other types of breast cancer cells.[11] This suggests POTEB’s involvement in intracellular signaling pathways that suppress cancer, or in pathways that regulate the normal growth and division of cells.



POTEB has 8 predicted paralogs (According to protein sequence) in humans, with most paralogs being located on different human chromosomes.[17][18] It is speculated that this large number of paralogs arose from multiple duplication events.[8]

Paralog name Accession number % Identity Amino acids Chromosome #
POTE 15B AAS58869.1 99 544 Chromosome 15
POTE C NP_001131143.1 90 542 Chromosome 18
POTE H NP_001129685.1 89 545 Chromosome 22
POTE J NP_001264012.1 86 1038 Chromosome 2
POTE 14A AAS58868.1 82 508 Chromosome 14
POTE G NP_001005356.1 82 508 Chromosome 14
POTE E XP_016859648.1 80 967 Chromosome 2
POTE I NP_001264335.1 80 1075 Chromosome 2


POTEB orthologs have been found in mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and even in invertebrates such as sea anemones and marine polychaete worms.[17] These orthologs share a similarity with POTEB largely due to the presence of ankyrin repeats, suggesting that ankyrin domain-containing proteins have been conserved over millions of years. POTEB orthologs have not been found in plants, unicellular eukaryotes, bacteria and archaea.[17]

File:POTEB Orthologs table updated.jpg
POTEB orthologs in different organisms, found using NCBI BLAST searches. POTEB orthologs were not found in plants, unicellular eukaryotes, archaea, and bacteria. Time since divergence was obtained using Timetree.[19]


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  9. "ExPASy - Myristoylation tool". web.expasy.org. Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  10. Bera TK, Saint Fleur A, Ha D, Yamada M, Lee Y, Lee B, Hahn Y, Kaufman DS, Pera M, Pastan I (April 2008). "Selective POTE paralogs on chromosome 2 are expressed in human embryonic stem cells". Stem Cells and Development. 17 (2): 325–32. doi:10.1089/scd.2007.0079. PMID 18447647.
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  12. Wolf U, Rapoport MJ, Schweizer TA (2009-07-01). "Evaluating the affective component of the cerebellar cognitive affective syndrome". The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences. 21 (3): 245–53. doi:10.1176/jnp.2009.21.3.245. PMID 19776302.
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  14. "UNAFold | mfold.rit.albany.edu". unafold.rna.albany.edu. Retrieved 2017-05-06.
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  16. Mike Tyers Lab. "The BioPlex Network of Human Protein Interactions: Additional Unpublished AP-MS Results | BioGRID". thebiogrid.org. Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 "Protein BLAST: search protein databases using a protein query". blast.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  18. Bera TK, Huynh N, Maeda H, Sathyanarayana BK, Lee B, Pastan I (August 2004). "Five POTE paralogs and their splice variants are expressed in human prostate and encode proteins of different lengths". Gene. 337: 45–53. doi:10.1016/j.gene.2004.05.009. PMID 15276201.
  19. "TimeTree :: The Timescale of Life". www.timetree.org. Retrieved 2017-05-07.

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