Author(s): Tai HC, Schuman EM
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Abstract Eukaryotic protein degradation by the proteasome and the lysosome is a dynamic and complex process in which ubiquitin has a key regulatory role. The distinctive morphology of the postmitotic neuron creates unique challenges for protein degradation systems with respect to cell-surface protein turnover and substrate delivery to proteolytic machineries that are required for both synaptic plasticity and self-renewal. Moreover, the discovery of ubiquitin-positive protein aggregates in a wide spectrum of neurodegenerative diseases underlines the importance and vulnerability of the degradative system in neurons. In this article, we discuss the molecular mechanism of protein degradation in the neuron with respect to both its function and its dysfunction.
This article was published in Nat Rev Neurosci
and referenced in Journal of Developing Drugs