Reference: Varelas X, et al. (2003) Cdc34 self-association is facilitated by ubiquitin thiolester formation and is required for its catalytic activity. Mol Cell Biol 23(15):5388-400

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Using a coimmunoprecipitation strategy, we showed that the Cdc34 ubiquitin (Ub)-conjugating enzyme from Saccharomyces cerevisiae self-associates in cell lysates, thereby indicating an in vivo interaction. The ability of Cdc34 to interact with itself is not dependent on its association with the ubiquitin ligase Skp1-Cdc53/Cul1-Hrt1-F-box complex. Rather, this interaction depends upon the integrity of the Cdc34-Ub thiolester. Furthermore, several principal determinants within the Cdc34 catalytic domain, including the active-site cysteine, amino acid residues S73 and S97, and its catalytic domain insertion, also play a role in self-association. Mutational studies have shown that these determinants are functionally important in vivo and operate at the levels of both Cdc34-Ub thiolester formation and Cdc34-mediated multi-Ub chain assembly. These determinants are spatially situated in a region that is close to the active site, corresponding closely to the previously identified E2-Ub interface. These observations indicate that the formation of the Cdc34-Ub thiolester is important for Cdc34 self-association and that the interaction of Cdc34-Ub thiolesters is in turn a prerequisite for both multi-Ub chain assembly and Cdc34's essential function(s). A conclusion from these findings is that the placement of ubiquitin on the Cdc34 surface is a structurally important feature of Cdc34's function.

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Varelas X, Ptak C, Ellison MJ
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