Lysine 63-linked polyubiquitin potentially partners with p62 to promote the clearance of protein inclusions by autophagy

Jeanne M.M. Tan, Esther S.P. Wong, Valina L. Dawson, Ted M. Dawson, Kah Leong Lim

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Abstract

Although protein inclusions associated with neurodegenerative diseases are typically enriched with ubiquitin, it is currently unclear whether the topology of ubiquitin linkage plays a role in their biogenesis. In an attempt to clarify this, our recent work identified K63-linked polyubiquitin as a key regulator of inclusion dynamics. We found in the setting of ectopic overexpression of different ubiquitin species in cultured cells that K63-linked ubiquitination promotes the formation and autophagic clearance of protein inclusions linked to several major neurodegenerative diseases. Further supporting this, we report here a similar phenomenon in cells co-expressing Ubc13 and Uev1a but not those expressing UbcH7 or UbcH8. Notably, Ubc13 in association with Uev1a is known to promote K63-linked ubiquitination. In exploring how K63-linked ubiquitination could promote the clearance of inclusions by autophagy, we also found in our current study that K63-linked polyubiquitin interacts with p62, a ubiquitin-binding protein previously demonstrated by others to facilitate autophagy-mediated clearance of inclusions. Further, K63 ubiquitin-positive inclusions were found to be enriched with p62. Given the observed intimate relationship between p62 and K63 polyubiquitin, our results suggest that p62 and K63-linked polyubiquitin may function as key partners involved in directing clearance of protein inclusions by autophagy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-253
Number of pages3
JournalAutophagy
Volume4
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 16 2008

Keywords

  • Autophagy
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Proteasome
  • Protein aggregates
  • Ubc13
  • Ubiquitin
  • p62

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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