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Nat Cell Biol. 2010 Oct;12(10):973-81. doi: 10.1038/ncb2104. Epub 2010 Sep 19.

Ubiquitylation of the amino terminus of Myc by SCF(β-TrCP) antagonizes SCF(Fbw7)-mediated turnover.

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Theodor Boveri Institute, Biocenter, University of Würzburg, Am Hubland, 97074 Würzburg, Germany.


The SCFFbw7 ubiquitin ligase mediates growth-factor-regulated turnover of the Myc oncoprotein. Here we show that SCFβ-TrCP binds to Myc by means of a characteristic phosphodegron and ubiquitylates Myc; this results in enhanced Myc stability. SCFFbw7 and SCFβ-TrCP can exert these differential effects through polyubiquitylation of the amino terminus of Myc. Whereas SCFFbw7 with the Cdc34 ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme specifically requires lysine 48 (K48) of ubiquitin, SCFβ-TrCP uses the UbcH5 ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme to form heterotypic polyubiquitin chains on Myc. Ubiquitylation of Myc by SCFβ-TrCP is required for Myc-dependent acceleration of cell cycle progression after release from an arrest in S phase. Therefore, alternative ubiquitylation events at the N terminus can lead to the ubiquitylation-dependent stabilization of Myc.

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