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Varun Jayeshkumar Shah, Subbareddy Maddika
Cullin-RING E3 ligases (CRLs) control broad range of biological processes by ubiquitinating numerous cellular substrates. However, role of CRL E3 ligases in chromatid cohesion is unknown. In this study, we identified a new CRL type E3 ligase (designated as CRL7SMU1 complex) that has an essential role in maintenance of chromatid cohesion. We demonstrate that SMU1, DDB1, CUL7 and RNF40 as integral components of this complex. SMU1 by acting as a substrate recognition module, binds to H2B and mediates monoubiquitination at K120 site through CRL7SMU1 E3 ligase complex...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Cell Science
Shannel R Adams, So Maezawa, Kris G Alavattam, Hironori Abe, Akihiko Sakashita, Megan Shroder, Tyler J Broering, Julie Sroga Rios, Michael A Thomas, Xinhua Lin, Carolyn M Price, Artem Barski, Paul R Andreassen, Satoshi H Namekawa
The sex chromosomes are enriched with germline genes that are activated during the late stages of spermatogenesis. Due to meiotic sex chromosome inactivation (MSCI), these sex chromosome-linked genes must escape silencing for activation in spermatids, thereby ensuring their functions for male reproduction. RNF8, a DNA damage response protein, and SCML2, a germline-specific Polycomb protein, are two major, known regulators of this process. Here, we show that RNF8 and SCML2 cooperate to regulate ubiquitination during meiosis, an early step to establish active histone modifications for subsequent gene activation...
February 20, 2018: PLoS Genetics
Gil Ju Seo, Charlotte Kim, Woo-Jin Shin, Ella H Sklan, Hyungjin Eoh, Jae U Jung
Intracellular nucleic acid sensors often undergo sophisticated modifications that are critical for the regulation of antimicrobial responses. Upon recognition of DNA, the cytosolic sensor cyclic GMP-AMP (cGAMP) synthase (cGAS) produces the second messenger cGAMP, which subsequently initiates downstream signaling to induce interferon-αβ (IFNαβ) production. Here we report that TRIM56 E3 ligase-induced monoubiquitination of cGAS is important for cytosolic DNA sensing and IFNαβ production to induce anti-DNA viral immunity...
February 9, 2018: Nature Communications
Hisaka Kurita, Tatsuya Hasegawa, Yoshiyuki Seko, Hisamitsu Nagase, Maki Tokumoto, Jin-Yong Lee, Masahiko Satoh
Cadmium (Cd) is an environmental pollutant present in contaminated water, food and soil. Cd adversely affects fetal development. We exposed pregnant mice to daily oral doses of 5 and 10 mg/kg Cd and examined fetal growth. It was demonstrated that the exposure to Cd (10 mg/kg) during gestation caused fetal growth retardation (FGR). Investigation of the ubiquitin-proteasome system in fetal livers of mice exposed to gestational Cd revealed increased polyubiquitinated protein accumulation, contrasting with decreased levels of monoubiquitin protein...
2018: Journal of Toxicological Sciences
Ameena M Ali, Jack Atmaj, Alaa Adawy, Sergey Lunev, Niels Van Oosterwijk, Sun Rei Yan, Chris Williams, Matthew R Groves
Peroxisomes are a major cellular compartment of eukaryotic cells, and are involved in a variety of metabolic functions and pathways according to species, cell type and environmental conditions. Their biogenesis relies on conserved genes known as PEX genes that encode peroxin proteins. Peroxisomal membrane proteins and peroxisomal matrix proteins are generated in the cytosol and are subsequently imported into the peroxisome post-translationally. Matrix proteins containing a peroxisomal targeting signal type 1 (PTS1) are recognized by the cycling receptor Pex5p and transported to the peroxisomal lumen...
February 1, 2018: Acta Crystallographica. Section F, Structural Biology Communications
Yusuke Okamoto, Watal M Iwasaki, Kazuto Kugou, Kazuki K Takahashi, Arisa Oda, Koichi Sato, Wataru Kobayashi, Hidehiko Kawai, Ryo Sakasai, Akifumi Takaori-Kondo, Takashi Yamamoto, Masato T Kanemaki, Masato Taoka, Toshiaki Isobe, Hitoshi Kurumizaka, Hideki Innan, Kunihiro Ohta, Masamichi Ishiai, Minoru Takata
During mild replication stress provoked by low dose aphidicolin (APH) treatment, the key Fanconi anemia protein FANCD2 accumulates on common fragile sites, observed as sister foci, and protects genome stability. To gain further insights into FANCD2 function and its regulatory mechanisms, we examined the genome-wide chromatin localization of FANCD2 in this setting by ChIP-seq analysis. We found that FANCD2 mostly accumulates in the central regions of a set of large transcribed genes that were extensively overlapped with known CFS...
January 31, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Xingya Xu, Li Wang, Mitsuhiro Yanagida
Suppressor screening is a powerful method to identify genes that when mutated, rescue the temperature sensitivity of the original mutation. Previously, however, identification of suppressor mutations has been technically difficult. Due to the small genome size of Schizosaccharomyces pombe, we developed a spontaneous suppressor screening technique, followed by a cost-effective sequencing method. Genomic DNAs of 10 revertants which survived at the restrictive temperature of the original temperature sensitive (ts) mutant were mixed together as one sample before constructing a library for sequencing...
January 19, 2018: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
Irene Santos-Barriopedro, Laia Bosch-Presegué, Anna Marazuela-Duque, Carolina de la Torre, Carlota Colomer, Berta N Vazquez, Thomas Fuhrmann, Bárbara Martínez-Pastor, Wenfu Lu, Thomas Braun, Eva Bober, Thomas Jenuwein, Lourdes Serrano, Manel Esteller, Zhenbang Chen, Silvia Barceló-Batllori, Raúl Mostoslavsky, Lluis Espinosa, Alejandro Vaquero
Sirtuins are NAD+-dependent deacetylases that facilitate cellular stress response. They include SirT6, which protects genome stability and regulates metabolic homeostasis through gene silencing, and whose loss induces an accelerated aging phenotype directly linked to hyperactivation of the NF-κB pathway. Here we show that SirT6 binds to the H3K9me3-specific histone methyltransferase Suv39h1 and induces monoubiquitination of conserved cysteines in the PRE-SET domain of Suv39h1. Following activation of NF-κB signaling Suv39h1 is released from the IκBα locus, subsequently repressing the NF-κB pathway...
January 9, 2018: Nature Communications
Fernando Suaste-Olmos, Claudia Zirión-Martínez, Harumi Takano-Rojas, Leonardo Peraza-Reyes
Peroxisomes are versatile organelles essential for diverse developmental processes. One such process is the meiotic development of Podospora anserina. In this fungus, absence of the docking peroxin PEX13, the RING-finger complex peroxins, or the PTS2 co-receptor PEX20 blocks sexual development before meiocyte formation. However, this defect is not seen in the absence of the receptors PEX5 and PEX7, or of the docking peroxins PEX14 and PEX14/17. Here we describe the function of the remaining uncharacterized P...
January 4, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Maxx H Tessmer, David M Anderson, Adam M Pickrum, Molly O Riegert, Rocco Moretti, Jens Meiler, Jimmy B Feix, Dara W Frank
ExoU is a type III-secreted cytotoxin expressing A2 phospholipase activity when injected into eukaryotic target cells by the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa The enzymatic activity of ExoU is undetectable in vitro unless ubiquitin, a required cofactor, is added to the reaction. The role of ubiquitin in facilitating ExoU enzymatic activity is poorly understood but of significance for designing inhibitors to prevent tissue injury during infections with strains of P. aeruginosa producing this toxin. Most ubiquitin-binding proteins, including ExoU, demonstrate a low (micromolar) affinity for monoubiquitin (monoUb)...
January 2, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Tiffany DeVine, Rosalie C Sears, Mu-Shui Dai
Histone H2b monoubiquitination plays a critical role in the regulation of gene transcription. Deregulation of H2b monoubiquitination contributes to human pathologies, such as cancer. Here we report that human USP36 is a novel H2bub1 deubiquitinase. We show that USP36 interacts with H2b and deubiquitinates H2bub1 in cells and in vitro. Overexpression of USP36 markedly reduced the levels of H2bub1 in cells. Using the p21 gene as a model, we demonstrate that depletion of USP36 increases H2bub1 at the p21 locus, primarily within its gene body...
December 20, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Jing Feng, Jiang Lu
Polycomb group (PcG) proteins within the polycomb repressive complex 1 (PRC1) and PRC2 are significant epigenetic regulatory factors involved in important cellular and developmental processes in eukaryotes. In Arabidopsis, LIKE HETEROCHROMATIN PROTEIN 1 (LHP1), also known as TERMINAL FLOWER 2, has been proposed as a plant specific subunit of PRC1 that could bind the trimethylated lysine 27 of histone H3 (H3K27me3), which is established by PRC2 and is required for a functional plant PcG system. LHP1 not only interacts with PRC1 to catalyze monoubiquitination at lysine 119 of histone H2A but also functions with PRC2 to establish H3K27me3...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
Baptiste Fouquet, Patrycja Pawlikowska, Sandrine Caburet, Celine Guigon, Marika Mäkinen, Laura Tanner, Marja Hietala, Kaja Urbanska, Laura Bellutti, Bérangère Legois, Bettina Bessieres, Alain Gougeon, Alexandra Benachi, Gabriel Livera, Filippo Rosselli, Reiner A Veitia, Micheline Misrahi
Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (POI) affects ~1% of women under forty. Exome sequencing of two Finnish sisters with non-syndromic POI revealed a homozygous mutation in FANCM, leading to a truncated protein (p.Gln1701*). FANCM is a DNA-damage response gene whose heterozygous mutations predispose to breast cancer. Compared to the mother's cells, the patients' lymphocytes displayed higher levels of basal and mitomycin C (MMC)-induced chromosomal abnormalities. Their lymphoblasts were hypersensitive to MMC and MMC-induced monoubiquitination of FANCD2 was impaired...
December 12, 2017: ELife
Zhoushuai Qin, Wandong Jiang, Guifen Wang, Ying Sun, Wei Xiao
Ubiquitination of proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) plays an important role in DNA damage response. Ectopic expression of PCNA fused at either terminus with ubiquitin (Ub) lacking two C-terminal glycine residues induces translesion DNA synthesis which resembles synthesis mediated by PCNA monoubiquitination. PCNA fused with Ub containing the C-terminal Gly residues at the C-terminus can be further polyubiquitinated in a Gly-dependent manner, which inhibits cell proliferation and induces ATR-dependent replication checkpoint...
January 2018: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
Binod Kumar, Arunava Roy, Mohanan Valiya Veettil, Bala Chandran
Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) in vitro infection of dermal endothelial cell begins with its binding to host cell surface receptor molecules such as heparan sulfate (HS), integrins (α3β1, αVβ3 and αVβ5), xCT and EphA2 receptor tyrosine kinase (EphA2R). These initial events initiate dynamic host protein-protein interactions involving a multi-molecular complex of receptors, signal molecules (FAK, Src, PI3-K, RhoA-GTPase), adaptors (c-Cbl, CIB1, Crk, p130Cas and GEF-C3G), and actin/myosin II light chain that leads to virus entry via macropinocytosis...
November 22, 2017: Journal of Virology
Yoichi Nibe, Shigeru Oshima, Masanori Kobayashi, Chiaki Maeyashiki, Yu Matsuzawa, Kana Otsubo, Hiroki Matsuda, Emi Aonuma, Yasuhiro Nemoto, Takashi Nagaishi, Ryuichi Okamoto, Kiichiro Tsuchiya, Tetsuya Nakamura, Shinichiro Nakada, Mamoru Watanabe
Ubiquitin chains are formed with 8 structurally and functionally distinct polymers. However, the functions of each polyubiquitin remain poorly understood. We developed a polyubiquitin-mediated fluorescence complementation (PolyUb-FC) assay using Kusabira Green (KG) as a split fluorescent protein. The PolyUb-FC assay has the advantage that monoubiquitination is nonfluorescent and chain-specific poly-ubiquitination can be directly visualized in living cells without using antibodies. We applied the PolyUb-FC assay to examine K33-linked polyubiquitin...
November 22, 2017: Autophagy
Zi-Zhi Tang, Hai-Bin Wang, Ming Zeng, Cong Liu, De-Hua Li
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the roles of enzyme DCAF proteinDNA damagebinding protein 1 (DDB1)/cullin4 (CRL4) complex family members CRL4WD40 repeat domain protein 70 (WDR70) in DNA repair process and its mutation in ovarian cancer. METHODS: Immunofluorescent assay was employed to measure H2AX (γH2AX) and phosphorylated replication protein A2 (RPA32) formed in siDDB1 or siWDR70 ovarian cancer cells after the treatments of chemical medicine and radioactive threapy...
September 2017: Sichuan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Sichuan University. Medical Science Edition
Prasanth Padala, Nadine Soudah, Moshe Giladi, Yoni Haitin, Michail N Isupov, Reuven Wiener
The ability of ubiquitin to function in a wide range of cellular processes is ascribed to its capacity to cause a diverse spectrum of modifications. While a target protein can be modified with monoubiquitin, it can also be modified with ubiquitin chains. The latter include seven types of homotypic chains as well as mixed ubiquitin chains. In a mixed chain, not all the isopeptide bonds are restricted to a specific lysine of ubiquitin, resulting in a chain possessing more than one type of linkage. While structural characterization of homotypic chains has been well elucidated, less is known about mixed chains...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
David A Vierra, Jada L Garzon, Meghan A Rego, Morganne M Adroved, Maurizio Mauro, Niall G Howlett
Fanconi anemia (FA) is a rare disease characterized by congenital defects, bone marrow failure, and atypically early-onset cancers. The FA proteins function cooperatively to repair DNA interstrand crosslinks. A major step in the activation of the pathway is the monoubiquitination of the FANCD2 and FANCI proteins, and their recruitment to chromatin-associated nuclear foci. The regulation and function of FANCD2 and FANCI, however, is poorly understood. In addition, how chromatin state impacts pathway activation is also unknown...
September 29, 2017: Oncotarget
Luis A Casorla-Pérez, Tomás López, Susana López, Carlos F Arias
Astroviruses, members of the family Astroviridae, represent an important cause of human gastroenteritis in the world. The cellular factors required for astrovirus replication have been poorly studied. In this work, we evaluated the relevance of the ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS) in the replication of Yuc8, a human astrovirus serotype 8 strain. We found that proteasome inhibitors decrease the production of infectious viral progeny at a step in the replication cycle subsequent to virus entry. The inhibition of the proteasome activity decreases viral RNA levels and viral protein synthesis; similarly, the inhibition of ubiquitination by chemical inhibitors or RNAi reduces the production of viral progeny as well as viral protein synthesis...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Virology
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