Phosphatase Subfamily SAC1

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Phosphatase Classification: Fold CC1: Superfamily CC1: Family Sac: Subfamily SAC1

SAC1 is an integral membrane phosphoinositide phosphatase located in endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and golgi apparatus. SAC1 is conserved in eukaryotes.


The SAC1 subfamily is conserved in eukaryotes. It is present in almost all the 203 eukaryotic genomes in gOrtholog database (internal).


The SAC1 subfamily has SAC phosphatase domain.

Human SAC1 has a C-terminal tail of ~90 amino acid. The C-terminal tail a dual-pass transmembrane region. Human SAC1 also has a KxKxx motif of the last five C-terminal residues which mediates its interaction with COPI complex [1]. The motif is not strictly conserved, and it is unclear whether the last C-terminal residues of yeast SAC1 interacts with COPI complex.

Human SAC1 has a RLNSTSP motif (145-151) interacting with 14-3-3, which binds to COPII complex and serves as a cytosolic adaptor in mediating SAC1 transport in COPII-coated vesicle [2]. The motif within the phosphatase domain is not conserved among SAC1s. An alignment of SAC1s in shows none of the seven residues are strictly conserved.


The members of the SAC1 subfamily are integral membrane phosphoinositide phosphatases that play evolutionary conserved roles in eukaryotic cell physiology [3]. It locates in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and the Golgi apparatus in yeast [4] and mammals [1].

SAC1 is best characterized in Saccharomyces cerevisiae [5, 6]. Yeast SAC1 mutants display a wide array of phenotypes including inositol auxotrophy, cold sensitivity, secretory defects, disturbed ATP transport into the ER, or suppression of actin gene mutations. Sac1p is able to dephosphorylate PtdIns[3]P, PtdIns[4]P, and PtdIns[3,5]P2 in vitro, the role of Sac1p in processes involving PtdIns[4]P has been the primary focus of in vivo studies (see SGD).

In mammals, it regulates Golgi membrane morphology and mitotic spindle organization [7]. The human SAC1 is widely expressed in different tissues (see GTEx). It interacts with the coatomer I complex via a putative COPI interaction motif (KXKXX) at its C terminus in a manner dependent on its catalytic activity [1].


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  5. Cleves AE, Novick PJ, and Bankaitis VA. Mutations in the SAC1 gene suppress defects in yeast Golgi and yeast actin function. J Cell Biol. 1989 Dec;109(6 Pt 1):2939-50. DOI:10.1083/jcb.109.6.2939 | PubMed ID:2687291 | HubMed [Cleves89]
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