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J Neurochem. 2006 Dec;99(6):1456-69. Epub 2006 Oct 24.

A ubiquitin ligase HRD1 promotes the degradation of Pael receptor, a substrate of Parkin.

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Department of Pharmacology, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan.


It has been proposed that in autosomal recessive juvenile parkinsonism (AR-JP), a ubiquitin ligase (E3) Parkin, which is involved in endoplasmic reticulum-associated degradation (ERAD), lacks E3 activity. The resulting accumulation of Parkin-associated endothelin receptor-like receptor (Pael-R), a substrate of Parkin, leads to endoplasmic reticulum stress, causing neuronal death. We previously reported that human E3 HRD1 in the endoplasmic reticulum protects against endoplasmic reticulum stress-induced apoptosis. This study shows that HRD1 was expressed in substantia nigra pars compacta (SNC) dopaminergic neurons and interacted with Pael-R through the HRD1 proline-rich region, promoting the ubiquitylation and degradation of Pael-R. Furthermore, the disruption of endogenous HRD1 by small interfering RNA (siRNA) induced Pael-R accumulation and caspase-3 activation. We also found that ATF6 overexpression, which induced HRD1, accelerated and caused Pael-R degradation; the suppression of HRD1 expression by siRNA partially prevents this degradation. These results suggest that in addition to Parkin, HRD1 is also involved in the degradation of Pael-R.

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