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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.

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

Abstract

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.

PMID:
12062088
DOI:
10.1016/s1534-5807(02)00164-8
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