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SAG/RBX2 is a novel substrate of NEDD4-1 E3 ubiquitin ligase and mediates NEDD4-1 induced chemosensitization

Weihua Zhou, Jie Xu, Yongchao Zhao and Yi Sun _

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Oncotarget. 2014; 5:6746-6755. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.2246

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Weihua Zhou1, Jie Xu1, Yongchao Zhao1 and Yi Sun1,2

1 Division of Radiation and Cancer Biology, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

2 Institute of Translational Medicine, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, P.R. China


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Keywords: E3 ubiquitin ligase, NEDD4-1 E3 ligase, Protein ubiquitylation and degradation, SAG E3 ligase

Received: June 12, 2014 Accepted: July 22, 2014 Published: July 23, 2014


Sensitive to apoptosis gene (SAG), also known as RBX2, ROC2, or RNF7, is a RING component of SCF E3 ubiquitin ligases, which regulates cellular functions through ubiquitylation and degradation of many protein substrates. Although our previous studies showed that SAG is transcriptionally induced by redox, mitogen and hypoxia via AP-1 and HIF-1, it is completely unknown whether and how SAG is ubiquitylated and degraded. Here we report that NEDD4-1, a HECT domain-containing E3 ubiquitin ligase, binds via its HECT domain directly with SAG’s C-terminal RING domain and ubiquitylates SAG for proteasome-mediated degradation. Consistently, SAG protein half-life is shortened or extended by NEDD4-1 overexpression or silencing, respectively. We also found that SAG bridges NEDD4-1 via its C-terminus and CUL-5 via its N-terminus to form a NEDD4-1/SAG/CUL-5 tri-complex. Biologically, NEDD4-1 overexpression sensitizes cancer cells to etoposide-induced apoptosis by reducing SAG levels through targeted degradation. Thus, SAG is added to a growing list of NEDD4-1 substrates and mediates its biological function.

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