The Ubiquitin System and the N-End Rule Pathway

Alexander Varshavsky, Glenn Turner, Fangyong Du,  and Youming Xie

Abstract

Eukaryotes contain a highly conserved multienzyme system which covalently links a small protein, ubiquitin, to a variety of intracellular proteins that bear degradation signals recognized by this system. The resulting ubiquitin-protein conjugates are degraded by the 26S proteasome, an ATP-dependent protease. Pathways that involve ubiquitin play major roles in a huge variety of processes, including cell differentiation, cell cycle, and responses to stress. In this article we briefly review the design of the ubiquitin system, and describe two recent advances, the finding that ubiquitin ligases interact with specific components of the 26S proteasome, and the demonstration that peptides accelerate their uptake into cells by activating the N-end rule pathway, one of several proteolytic pathways of the ubiquitin system.

Purchase article
Get instant unlimited access to the article.
€30.00
Log in
Already have access? Please log in.


or
Log in with your institution

Journal + Issues

Biological Chemistry keeps you up-to-date with the latest advances in the molecular life sciences. The journal publishes Research Articles, Short Communications, Reviews and Minireviews. Areas include: general biochemistry/pathobiochemistry, structural biology, molecular and cellular biology, genetics and epigenetics, virology, molecular medicine, plant molecular biology/biochemistry and novel experimental methodologies.

Search