The HECT E3 ligase Smurf2 is required for Mad2-dependent spindle assembly checkpoint

Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Biological Chemistry, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL 60611, USA.
The Journal of Cell Biology (Impact Factor: 9.83). 11/2008; 183(2):267-77. DOI: 10.1083/jcb.200801049
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Activation of the anaphase-promoting complex/cyclosome (APC/C) by Cdc20 is critical for the metaphase-anaphase transition. APC/C-Cdc20 is required for polyubiquitination and degradation of securin and cyclin B at anaphase onset. The spindle assembly checkpoint delays APC/C-Cdc20 activation until all kinetochores attach to mitotic spindles. In this study, we demonstrate that a HECT (homologous to the E6-AP carboxyl terminus) ubiquitin ligase, Smurf2, is required for the spindle checkpoint. Smurf2 localizes to the centrosome, mitotic midbody, and centromeres. Smurf2 depletion or the expression of a catalytically inactive Smurf2 results in misaligned and lagging chromosomes, premature anaphase onset, and defective cytokinesis. Smurf2 inactivation prevents nocodazole-treated cells from accumulating cyclin B and securin and prometaphase arrest. The silencing of Cdc20 in Smurf2-depleted cells restores mitotic accumulation of cyclin B and securin. Smurf2 depletion results in enhanced polyubiquitination and degradation of Mad2, a critical checkpoint effector. Mad2 is mislocalized in Smurf2-depleted cells, suggesting that Smurf2 regulates the localization and stability of Mad2. These data indicate that Smurf2 is a novel mitotic regulator.

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    • "This localization pattern of Smurf2 implicates a predominant role for Smurf2 in regulating cell cycle progression. Furthermore, acute depletion of Smurf2 in mammalian cells leads to multinucleation and often initiates chromosomal misalignment at metaphase and premature onset of anaphase with defective chromosome segregation and cytokinesis [1]. It has been shown that Smurfs regulate the expression of various mammalian proteins that control cell-cycle progression, including Mad2 [1] NEDD9-Aurora A [4,7], RhoA [7], KLF2 [8] and KLF5 [9,10]. "
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    • "Immunoblotting was performed as previously described [10]. Anti-Smurf2 antibody was obtained from Upstate Biotechnology (07–249, Lake Placid, NY), and anti-RB and anti-α-Tubulin antibodies were from BD Pharmingen (554136, BD Biosciences, San Jose, CA) and Sigma-Aldrich (T6199), respectively. "
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