Author(s): Schmidtke G, Aichem A, Groettrup M
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Abstract The Nobel prize has been awarded for the discovery of ubiquitin as a transferable signal for the degradation of proteins by the 26S proteasome. While isopeptide linkage of a protein with a single ubiquitin does not serve as a degradation signal for the proteasome, poly-ubiquitylation via several different lysine residues within ubiquitin leads to efficient proteasomal degradation. Ubiquitin-like modifiers have not been shown to directly mediate proteasomal degradation except for the cytokine inducible modifier HLA-F adjacent transcript 10 (FAT10), which consists of two ubiquitin-like domains. FAT10 ends with a free diglycine motif at its C-terminus which is required for isopeptide linkage to hundreds of different substrates. In contrast to ubiquitin, a single FAT10 suffices to bind to the 26S proteasome and to efficiently mediate proteasomal degradation in a ubiquitin-independent manner. Here we review the data on ubiquitin-independent degradation by FAT10, on how FAT10 is conjugated to its substrates, how FAT10 binds to the 26S proteasome, and how the ubiquitin-like (UBL)-ubiquitin-associated (UBA) protein NUB1L accelerates FAT10 mediated proteolysis. Finally, with a glimpse on recently identified substrates, we will discuss the currently emerging knowledge about the biological functions of FAT10. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Ubiquitin-Proteasome System. Guest Editors: Thomas Sommer and Dieter H. Wolf. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
This article was published in Biochim Biophys Acta
and referenced in Journal of Medical & Surgical Pathology