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Arch Biochem Biophys. 1999 Mar 15;363(2):296-300.

Identical subunit topographies of human and yeast 20S proteasomes.

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  • 1Diabetes Forschungsinstitut, Auf' m Hennekamp 65, Düsseldorf, D-40225, Germany.


The arrangement of subunits in human 20S proteasomes was recently determined by us by immunoelectron microscopy and chemical cross-linking. The positions of 4 of the 14 subunits differed from those found in the yeast proteasome by X-ray crystallography. Double labeling of human 20S proteasomes with antibodies to subunits C2 and C5 has now shown that these subunits are nearest neighbors. The result contradicts our published model for the human proteasome but is in accordance with the subunit arrangement in yeast proteasomes, suggesting that yeast and human proteasomes most probably have identical subunit arrangements. Immunoelectron microscopy also showed that the C-terminal extension at the human C2 subunit is flexible but takes up a well-defined position in the proteasome.

Copyright 1999 Academic Press.

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