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May 2006 FEBS letters

The E3 ubiquitin ligase HOIL-1 induces the polyubiquitination and degradation of SOCS6 associated proteins.


Bayle J, Lopez S, Iwaï K, Dubreuil P, De Sepulveda P


The suppressor of cytokine signaling (SOCS) proteins are thought to exert their function through the recruitment of interacting-proteins to the ubiquitin/proteasome degradation pathway. All SOCS proteins bind an Elongin BC E3 ubiquitin ligase complex through the common Socs-box. Here, we show that haem-oxidized IRP2 ubiquitin ligase-1 (HOIL-1), another E3 ubiquitin ligase, interacts with SOCS6. The Ubl domain of HOIL-1 and the SH2 and Socs-box domains of SOCS6 are required for the interaction. HOIL-1 expression stabilizes SOCS6 and induces the ubiquitination and degradation of proteins associated with SOCS6. These data suggest that SOCS proteins may interact with different E3 ubiquitin ligases in addition to a common Elongin BC E3 complex.

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