Dimerization of hSiah proteins regulates their stability

Arnaud Depaux, Fabienne Regnier-Ricard, Antonia Germani, Nadine Varin-Blank

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HSiah1 and 2 are members of the Ring finger-type family of ubiquitin E3-ligase proteins. They contribute to the degradation of multiple targets by interacting with both the ubiquitin conjugating enzyme E2 and the substrate to be ubiquitylated prior to proteasomal degradation. Ring finger proteins have also been shown to regulate their own stability through the proteasomal degradation. Here, we report that hSiah2 proteins can form not only homodimers but also heterodimers with hSiah1 independently from their Ring finger domain. The oligomerization process, in turn, mediates a Ring finger-dependent proteasomal degradation of the two proteins. In contrast, such a catalytic activity is not observed for hSiah1. Therefore, these results show that the two isoforms exhibit differential regulatory properties. Additionally, dimerization provides a mechanism to control the steady-state levels of these two enzymes responsible for important catalytic activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)857-863
Number of pages7
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 29 2006


  • Dimerization
  • E3 ligase
  • Proteasomal degradation
  • Ring finger protein
  • Siah
  • Ubiquitylation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Molecular Biology


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