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Oncogene. 1999 Mar 25;18(12):2039-46.

HOS, a human homolog of Slimb, forms an SCF complex with Skp1 and Cullin1 and targets the phosphorylation-dependent degradation of IkappaB and beta-catenin.

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  • 1Derald H Ruttenberg Cancer Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY 10029-6574, USA.


SCF E3 ubiquitin ligases mediate ubiquitination and proteasome-dependent degradation of phosphorylated substrates. We identified a human F-box/WD40 repeats protein (HOS), which is homologous to Slimb/h betaTrCP. Being a part of SCF complex with Skp1 and Cullin1, HOS specifically interacted with the phosphorylated IkappaB and beta-catenin, targeting these proteins for proteasome-dependent degradation in vivo. This targeting required Cullin1 as expression of a mutant Cullin1 abrogated the degradation of IkappaB and of beta-catenin. Mutant HOS which lacks the F-box blocked TNF alpha-induced degradation of IkappaB as well as GSK3beta-mediated degradation of beta-catenin. This mutant also inhibited NF-kappaB transactivation and increased the beta-catenin-dependent transcription activity of Tcf. These results demonstrate that SCF(HOS) E3 ubiquitin ligase regulate both NF-kappaB and beta-catenin signaling pathways.

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