Advances in Protein and Peptide Sciences

Advances in Protein and Peptide Sciences

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Advances in Protein and Peptide Sciences is a book series focused on leading-edge research on the structure, physical properties, and functions of proteins and peptides. The series presents highly ...
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Cytokine-Regulated Protein Degradation by the Ubiquitination System

Pp. 256-271 (16)

Kwang-Hyun Baek


The ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation pathway exerts a wide spectrum of effects and modulates a variety of biological processes including cell cycle progression, transcriptional regulation, signal transduction, antigen presentation, apoptosis (or programmed cell death), oncogenesis, preimplantation, neuron degeneration, and DNA damage repair. Recently, the importance of deubiquitination mechanism has been emerged as an essential regulatory step to control these cellular mechanisms for homeostasis. As a number of deubiquitinating enzymes have recently been isolated and characterized, their substrates and biological functions have been illustrated. Identified from yeast to human, deubiquitinating (DUB) enzymes are classified into the ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolase (UCH), the ubiquitin-specific processing proteases (UBP or USP), Jab1/Pad1/MPN domain containing metallo-enzymes (JAMM), Otu domain ubiquitin-aldehyde binding proteins (OTU), and Ataxin-3/Josephin domain containing proteins (Ataxin-3/Josephin). Several members of a novel DUB subfamily induced by cytokines in murine lymphocytes have recently been identified. In addition, human DUB enzyme DUB-3, highly homologous to USP17 and induced by cytokines interleukin (IL)-4 and IL-6, has been recently isolated and showed that it has significant homology to the known murine DUB subfamily members. Interestingly, both murine DUB and human USP17 subfamily members are localized and clustered on murine chromosome 7 and on human chromosomes 4 and 8, respectively. This review introduces the reader to provide a great understanding of cytokine-inducible DUB enzymes in both mouse and human and new insights into DUB subfamily members.


Cysteine protease, cytokine, deubiquitination, deubiquitomics, DUB enzyme, E1 ubiquitin activating enzyme, E2 ubiquitin conjugating enzyme, E3 ubiquitin ligase, enhancer element, ERK, interleukin, JAK, JAMM, lymphocyte, OTU, signaling, STAT, ubiquitin, ubiquitination, ubiquitin specific protease, ubiquitomics, UCH.


Department of Biomedical Science, CHA University, 502 Yatap-Dong, Bundang-Gu, Seongnam-Si, Gyeonggi-Do 463-840, Republic of Korea.