SOCS (suppressors of cytokine signaling) box of WSB1/SWiP1-like proteins. This subfamily contains WSB-1 (SOCS-box-containing WD-40 protein), part of an E3 ubiquitin ligase for the thyroid-hormone-activating type 2 iodothyronine deiodinase (D2) and SWiP-1 (SOCS box and WD-repeats in Protein), a WD40-containing protein that is expressed in embryonic structures of chickens and regulated by Sonic Hedgehog (Shh). The general function of the SOCS box is the recruitment of the ubiquitin-transferase system. The SOCS box interacts with Elongins B and C, Cullin-5 or Cullin-2, Rbx-1, and E2. Therefore, SOCS-box-containing proteins probably function as E3 ubiquitin ligases and mediate the degradation of proteins associated through their N-terminal regions.