Reference: Metzger MB, et al. (2008) Degradation of a Cytosolic Protein Requires Endoplasmic Reticulum-associated Degradation Machinery. J Biol Chem 283(47):32302-16

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Protein misfolding is monitored by a variety of cellular "quality control" systems. ER quality control (ERQC) handles misfolded secretory and membrane proteins and is well-characterized. However, less is known about the quality control of misfolded cytosolic proteins (CytoQC). To study CytoQC, we have employed a genetic system in Saccharomyces cerevisiae using a transplantable degron, CL1 (1). Attachment of CL1 to the cytosolic protein Ura3p destabilizes Ura3p, targeting it for rapid proteasomal degradation. We have performed a comprehensive analysis of Ura3p-CL1 degradation requirements. As shown previously, we observe that the ER-localized ubiquitin E2 (Ubc6p, Ubc7p, and Cue1p) and E3 (Doa10p) machinery involved in ER-associated degradation (ERAD) are also responsible for the degradation of the cytosolic substrate Ura3p-CL1. Importantly, we find that the ER/cytosolic-localized chaperones Ydj1p and Ssa1p, known to be necessary for the ERAD of membrane proteins with misfolded cytosolic domains, are also required for the ubiquitination and degradation of Ura3p-CL1. In addition, we show a role for the Cdc48p/Npl4p/Ufd1p complex in the degradation of Ura3p-CL1. When ubiquitination is blocked, a portion of Ura3p-CL1 is ER membrane-localized. Furthermore, access to the cytosolic face of the ER is required for the degradation of CL1 degron-containing proteins. The ER is distributed throughout the cytosol and our data, together with previous studies, suggest that the cytosolic face of the ER membrane serves as a "platform" for Ura3p-CL1's degradation, which may also be the case for other CytoQC substrates.

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Metzger MB, Maurer MJ, Dancy BM, Michaelis S
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