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Recognition of SUMO-modified PCNA requires tandem receptor motifs in Srs2.

Ubiquitin (Ub) and ubiquitin-like (Ubl) modifiers such as SUMO (also known as Smt3 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae) mediate signal transduction through post-translational modification of substrate proteins in pathways that control differentiation, apoptosis and the cell cycle, and responses to stress such as the DNA damage response. In yeast, the proliferating cell nuclear antigen PCNA (also known as Pol30) is modified by ubiquitin in response to DNA damage and by SUMO during S phase. Whereas Ub-PCNA can signal for recruitment of translesion DNA polymerases, SUMO-PCNA signals for recruitment of the anti-recombinogenic DNA helicase Srs2. It remains unclear how receptors such as Srs2 specifically recognize substrates after conjugation to Ub and Ubls. Here we show, through structural, biochemical and functional studies, that the Srs2 carboxy-terminal domain harbours tandem receptor motifs that interact independently with PCNA and SUMO and that both motifs are required to recognize SUMO-PCNA specifically. The mechanism presented is pertinent to understanding how other receptors specifically recognize Ub- and Ubl-modified substrates to facilitate signal transduction.

Pubmed ID: 22382979


  • Armstrong AA
  • Mohideen F
  • Lima CD



Publication Data

March 1, 2012

Associated Grants

  • Agency: NIGMS NIH HHS, Id: F32 GM086066
  • Agency: NIGMS NIH HHS, Id: F32 GM086066-01
  • Agency: NIGMS NIH HHS, Id: F32 GM086066-02
  • Agency: NIBIB NIH HHS, Id: P30 EB009998
  • Agency: NCRR NIH HHS, Id: P41RR012408
  • Agency: NIGMS NIH HHS, Id: R01 GM065872
  • Agency: NIGMS NIH HHS, Id: R01 GM065872
  • Agency: NIGMS NIH HHS, Id: R01 GM065872-08
  • Agency: NIGMS NIH HHS, Id: R01 GM065872-09
  • Agency: NIGMS NIH HHS, Id: R01 GM065872-10
  • Agency: NIGMS NIH HHS, Id: R01 GM065872-11
  • Agency: NIGMS NIH HHS, Id: R01 GM065872-12
  • Agency: NCRR NIH HHS, Id: RR-15301

Mesh Terms

  • Amino Acid Motifs
  • Antigens, Nuclear
  • Binding Sites
  • Crystallography, X-Ray
  • DNA Helicases
  • Methylation
  • Models, Molecular
  • Proliferating Cell Nuclear Antigen
  • Protein Binding
  • Protein Structure, Tertiary
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins
  • Small Ubiquitin-Related Modifier Proteins
  • Structure-Activity Relationship
  • Sumoylation