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J Biol Chem. 2006 Dec 1;281(48):36724-31. Epub 2006 Oct 6.

The deubiquitinating enzyme Ubp2 modulates Rsp5-dependent Lys63-linked polyubiquitin conjugates in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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  • 1Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Section of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712, USA.


The functions of Lys(63)-linked polyubiquitin chains are poorly understood, as are the enzymes that specifically generate Lys(63)-linked conjugates. Rsp5 is a HECT (homologous to E6AP C terminus) ubiquitin ligase involved in numerous processes, and an associated deubiquitinating enzyme, Ubp2, modulates its activity. A dramatic increase in Lys(63)-linked conjugates was observed in ubp2Delta cells. The formation of these was Rsp5-dependent, and ubp2Delta phenotypes could be suppressed by prevention of formation of Lys(63) conjugates. Cell wall integrity was impaired in rsp5-1 cells and in cells defective in Lys(63)-polyubiquitination, as assayed by calcofluor white sensitivity, and ubp2Delta and rup1Delta mutants suppressed the calcofluor white sensitivity of rsp5-1. A large fraction of the Lys(63) conjugates in ubp2Delta cells bound to Rsp5, and a proteomics approach was used to identify Rsp5 substrates subject to Ubp2 regulation. Two closely related proteins, Csr2 and Ecm21, were among the identified proteins. Both were efficiently Lys(63)-polyubiquitinated by Rsp5 and deubiquitinated by Ubp2. Together, these results indicate that Ubp2 modulates Lys(63)-polyubiquitination of Rsp5 substrates in vivo, including ubiquitination of two newly identified Rsp5 substrates.

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