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Mobilization of processed, membrane-tethered SPT23 transcription factor by CDC48(UFD1/NPL4), a ubiquitin-selective chaperone.

Cell | Nov 30, 2001

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11733065

The OLE pathway of yeast regulates the level of the ER-bound enzyme Delta9-fatty acid desaturase OLE1, thereby controlling membrane fluidity. A central component of this regulon is the transcription factor SPT23, a homolog of mammalian NF-kappaB. SPT23 is synthesized as an inactive, ER membrane-anchored precursor that is activated by regulated ubiquitin/proteasome-dependent processing (RUP). We now show that SPT23 dimerizes prior to processing and that the processed molecule, p90, retains its ubiquitin modification and initially remains tethered to its unprocessed, membrane-bound SPT23 partner. Subsequently, p90 is liberated from its partner for nuclear targeting by the activity of the chaperone-like CDC48(UFD1/NPL4) complex. Remarkably, this enzyme binds preferentially ubiquitinated substrates, suggesting that CDC48(UFD1/NPL4) is qualified to selectively remove ubiquitin conjugates from protein complexes.

Pubmed ID: 11733065 RIS Download

Mesh terms: Active Transport, Cell Nucleus | Adenosine Triphosphatases | Cell Cycle Proteins | Cell Membrane | Dimerization | Fatty Acid Desaturases | Fungal Proteins | Genes, Reporter | Macromolecular Substances | Membrane Proteins | Models, Biological | Molecular Chaperones | Nuclear Pore Complex Proteins | Nuclear Proteins | Nucleocytoplasmic Transport Proteins | Protein Binding | Protein Precursors | Protein Processing, Post-Translational | Protein Structure, Tertiary | Proteins | Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins | Trans-Activators | Transcription Factors | Two-Hybrid System Techniques | Ubiquitin | Yeasts

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