a ser/thr protein kinase that possess endonuclease activity. Important in altering gene expression as a response to endoplasmic reticulum based stress signals. Senses unfolded proteins in the lumen of the endoplasmic reticulum via its N-terminal domain, which leads to enzyme auto-activation. The active endoribonuclease domain splices XBP1 mRNA to generate a new C-terminus, converting it into a potent unfolded-protein response transcriptional activator and triggering growth arrest and apoptosis. The kinase domain is activated by trans-autophosphorylation. Kinase activity is required for activation of the endoribonuclease domain. Ubiquitously expressed. High levels observed in pancreatic tissue. Functionally connected with insulin biosynthesis in pancreatic beta cells. Homodimer; disulfide-linked. Dimer formation is driven by hydrophobic interactions within the N-terminal luminal domains and stabilized by disulfide bridges. Also binds HSPA5, a negative regulator of the unfolded protein response. This interaction may disrupt homodimerization and prevent activation of IRE1. Note: This description may include information from UniProtKB.
Protein type: Apoptosis; Chaperone; EC 184.108.40.206; Endoplasmic reticulum; IRE family; Kinase, protein; Membrane protein, integral; Other group; Protein kinase, Other; Protein kinase, Ser/Thr (non-receptor); Ribonuclease
Cellular Component: cytoplasm; endoplasmic reticulum; endoplasmic reticulum membrane; integral to endoplasmic reticulum membrane
Molecular Function: ADP binding; ATP binding; endoribonuclease activity; enzyme binding; Hsp70 protein binding; Hsp90 protein binding; identical protein binding; magnesium ion binding; protein binding; protein homodimerization activity; protein serine/threonine kinase activity
Biological Process: activation of JNK activity; cell cycle arrest; endothelial cell proliferation; mRNA catabolic process; mRNA cleavage; positive regulation of RNA splicing; protein amino acid autophosphorylation; protein amino acid phosphorylation; regulation of macroautophagy; unfolded protein response, activation of signaling protein activity