a nuclear import protein nuclear protein import that functions either in association with an adapter protein, like an importin-alpha subunit, which binds to nuclear localization signals (NLS) in cargo substrates, or by acting as autonomous nuclear transport receptor. Acting autonomously, serves itself as NLS receptor. Docking of the importin/substrate complex to the nuclear pore complex (NPC) is mediated by KPNB1 through binding to nucleoporin FxFG repeats and the complex is subsequently translocated through the pore by an energy requiring, Ran-dependent mechanism. At the nucleoplasmic side of the NPC, Ran binds to importin-beta and the three components separate and importin-alpha and -beta are re- exported from the nucleus to the cytoplasm where GTP hydrolysis releases Ran from importin. The directionality of nuclear import is thought to be conferred by an asymmetric distribution of the GTP- and GDP-bound forms of Ran between the cytoplasm and nucleus. Mediates autonomously the nuclear import of ribosomal proteins RPL23A, RPS7 and RPL5. Binds to a beta-like import receptor binding (BIB) domain of RPL23A. In association with IPO7 mediates the nuclear import of H1 histone. In vitro, mediates nuclear import of H2A, H2B, H3 and H4 histones. In case of HIV-1 infection, binds and mediates the nuclear import of HIV-1 Rev. Imports PRKCI into the nucleus. Forms a complex with an importin alpha subunit. Forms a heterodimer with IPO7. Interacts with IPO7, SNUPN, RPL23A and XPO1. Two isoforms of the human protein have been reported. Belongs to the importin beta family. Note: This description may include information from UniProtKB.
Molecular Function: protein domain specific binding; protein binding; enzyme binding; zinc ion binding; nuclear localization sequence binding; Ran GTPase binding; protein transporter activity
Biological Process: ribosomal protein import into nucleus; establishment of mitotic spindle localization; viral reproduction; Ran protein signal transduction; apoptosis; cytokine and chemokine mediated signaling pathway; programmed cell death; NLS-bearing substrate import into nucleus; viral infectious cycle; mitotic chromosome movement towards spindle pole; mitotic metaphase plate congression; establishment of protein localization; astral microtubule organization and biogenesis; protein import into nucleus, translocation; protein import into nucleus; DNA fragmentation during apoptosis; cell structure disassembly during apoptosis
LTP: The number of records in which this modification site was determined using site-specific methods. SS methods include amino acid sequencing, site-directed mutagenesis, modification site-specific antibodies, specific MS strategies, etc.