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Biochim Biophys Acta. 2008 Jun;1783(6):1189-99. doi: 10.1016/j.bbamcr.2008.01.010. Epub 2008 Jan 26.

CSN5 binds to misfolded CFTR and promotes its degradation.

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INSERM U841, Département de Génétique, Equipe 11, Hôpital Henri Mondor, 51 avenue du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny, Créteil, F-94010, France.


Cystic fibrosis is mainly caused by mutations that interfere with the biosynthetic folding of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) protein. The aim of this study was to find cellular proteins interacting with CFTR and regulating its processing. We have used a genetic screen in yeast to identify such proteins and identified CSN5 that interacted with the third cytoplasmic loop of CFTR. CSN5 is the 5th component of the COP9 signalosome, a complex of eight subunits that shares significant homologies to the lid subcomplex of the 26S proteasome and controls the stability of many proteins. The present study shows that CSN5 associates with the core-glycosylated form of CFTR and suggests that this association targets misfolded CFTR to the degradative pathway. Identifying CSN5 as a new component of the degradative pathway is an important step towards the goal of unraveling the sorting between misfolded and correctly folded CFTR proteins.

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