Send to

Choose Destination
Dev Cell. 2002 Jun;2(6):757-70.

Drosophila Roc1a encodes a RING-H2 protein with a unique function in processing the Hh signal transducer Ci by the SCF E3 ubiquitin ligase.

Author information

Department of Biology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 27599, USA.


Substrate specificity of SCF E3 ubiquitin ligases is thought to be determined by the F box protein subunit. Another component of SCF complexes is provided by members of the Roc1/Rbx1/Hrt1 gene family, which encode RING-H2 proteins. Drosophila contains three members of this gene family. We show that Roc1a mutant cells fail to proliferate. Further, while the F box protein Slimb is required for Cubitus interruptus (Ci) and Armadillo/beta-catenin (Arm) proteolysis, Roc1a mutant cells hyperaccumulate Ci but not Arm. This suggests that Slimb and Roc1a function in the same SCF complex to target Ci but that a different RING-H2 protein acts with Slimb to target Arm. Consequently, the identity of the Roc subunit may contribute to the selection of substrates by metazoan SCF complexes.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free full text

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Elsevier Science
Loading ...
Support Center