Nature Paper Online!
Our paper Structural insights into Ubr1 mediated N-dengron polyubiquitination is online. In this study, we used chemical biology methods to capture multiple intermediate states and determined the complex structures of yeast Ubr1, Ubc2, ubiquitin, and N-degron. This is the first time that the full-length structure of Ubr1, a single-subunit E3 ligase of ~2000 residues, is determined. Our structures revealed how Ubr1 initiates the ubiquitination reaction on the N-degron peptide and elongate the ubiquitin chain in a linkage specific manner. They showed that E3s can also contribute to the linkage specificity of ubiqutin chains, and provided a mechanistic understanding of Ubr1 mediated polyubiquitination. Historically, Ubr1 was the first genetically cloned E3 ligase (Bartel, et al., 1990). It is invovled in the N-degron pathway. We are very pround of our structures and findings!
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