Send to

Choose Destination
PLoS One. 2013 May 16;8(5):e63001. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0063001. Print 2013.

APC(CDH1) targets MgcRacGAP for destruction in the late M phase.

Author information

Division of Cellular Therapy, The Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan.

Erratum in

  • PLoS One. 2014;9(3):e89706.



Male germ cell RacGTPase activating protein (MgcRacGAP) is an important regulator of the Rho family GTPases--RhoA, Rac1, and Cdc42--and is indispensable in cytokinesis and cell cycle progression. Inactivation of RhoA by phosphorylated MgcRacGAP is an essential step in cytokinesis. MgcRacGAP is also involved in G1-S transition and nuclear transport of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3/5 (STAT3/5). Expression of MgcRacGAP is strictly controlled in a cell cycle-dependent manner. However, the underlying mechanisms have not been elucidated.


Using MgcRacGAP deletion mutants and the fusion proteins of full-length or partial fragments of MgcRacGAP to mVenus fluorescent protein, we demonstrated that MgcRacGAP is degraded by the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway in the late M to G1 phase via APC(CDH1). We also identified the critical region for destruction located in the C-terminus of MgcRacGAP, AA537-570, which is necessary and sufficient for CDH1-mediated MgcRacGAP destruction. In addition, we identified a PEST domain-like structure with charged residues in MgcRacGAP and implicate it in effective ubiquitination of MgcRacGAP.


Our findings not only reveal a novel mechanism for controlling the expression level of MgcRacGAP but also identify a new target of APC(CDH1). Moreover our results identify a C-terminal region AA537-570 of MgcRacGAP as its degron.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Public Library of Science Icon for PubMed Central
Loading ...
Support Center