Ubiquitin transfer by a RING E3 ligase occurs from a closed E2~Ub conformation
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Based on extensive structural analysis it was proposed that RING E3 ligases prime the E2~Ub conjugate for catalysis by locking it into a “closed” conformation where ubiquitin is folded back onto the E2 exposing the restrained thioester bond to attack by substrate nucleophile. However the proposal that the RING dependent closed conformation of E2~Ub represents the active form that mediates ubiquitin transfer has yet to be experimentally tested. To test this hypothesis we used single molecule Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (smFRET) to measure the conformation of a FRET labelled E2~Ub conjugate, which distinguishes between closed and alternative conformations. We developed a real-time FRET assay with a thioester linked E2~Ub conjugate to monitor single ubiquitination events and demonstrate that ubiquitin is transferred to substrate from the closed conformation. These findings are likely to be relevant to all RING E3 catalysed reactions ligating ubiquitin and other ubiquitin-like proteins (Ubls) to substrates.
Branigan , E , Penedo , C & Hay , R T 2020 , ' Ubiquitin transfer by a RING E3 ligase occurs from a closed E2~Ub conformation ' , Nature Communications , vol. 11 , 2846 . https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-16666-y
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DescriptionFunding: Investigator Award from the Wellcome Trust (098391/Z/12/Z) and (217196/Z/19/Z) and a Programme grant from Cancer Research UK (C434/A21747) to R.T.H.; J.C.P. thanks the University of St Andrews for financial support.
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