Summon SUMO to Wrestle with Inflammation

Division of Hematology-Oncology, Department of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA.
Molecular cell (Impact Factor: 14.02). 09/2009; 35(6):731-2. DOI: 10.1016/j.molcel.2009.09.002
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In this issue of Molecular Cell, Lee et al. (2009) report that SUMOylation of nuclear receptors LXRalpha and LXRbeta plays a critical role in the transrepression of IFN-gamma-induced STAT1-dependent inflammatory responses in brain astrocytes.

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    • "It was reported that the initial step of this pathway involves ligand-induced SUMO1 conjugation to K365 within the PPARγ ligand-binding domain [22]. Accordingly, ligand-induced SUMOylation of PPARγ at lysine 365 specifically by the SUMO1 isoform is repeatedly portrayed in many reviews [1], [11], [12], [23], [34], [35], [36], [37], [38], [39]. Our results do not support the assignment of K365 as a SUMOylation target site as we did not detect any residual SUMOylation of the PPARγ K33/64/68/77R mutant protein neither in the absence nor in the presence of ligands. "
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    ABSTRACT: Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) is a ligand-activated nuclear receptor regulating adipogenesis, glucose homeostasis and inflammatory responses. The activity of PPARγ is controlled by post-translational modifications including SUMOylation and phosphorylation that affects its biological and molecular functions. Several important aspects of PPARγ SUMOylation including SUMO isoform-specificity and the impact of ligand binding on SUMOylation remain unresolved or contradictory. Here, we present a comprehensive study of PPARγ1 SUMOylation. We show that PPARγ1 can be modified by SUMO1 and SUMO2. Mutational analyses revealed that SUMOylation occurs exclusively within the N-terminal activation function 1 (AF1) domain predominantly at lysines 33 and 77. Ligand binding to the C-terminal ligand-binding domain (LBD) of PPARγ1 reduces SUMOylation of lysine 33 but not of lysine 77. SUMOylation of lysine 33 and lysine 77 represses basal and ligand-induced activation by PPARγ1. We further show that lysine 365 within the LBD is not a target for SUMOylation as suggested in a previous report, but it is essential for full LBD activity. Our results suggest that PPARγ ligands negatively affect SUMOylation by interdomain communication between the C-terminal LBD and the N-terminal AF1 domain. The ability of the LBD to regulate the AF1 domain may have important implications for the evaluation and mechanism of action of therapeutic ligands that bind PPARγ.
    PLoS ONE 06/2013; 8(6):e66947. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0066947 · 3.23 Impact Factor
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    • "These findings suggest that typical activators of these pathways might have an impact on the SUMOylation of these putative or proven substrates of SUMO conjugation. SUMOylation can indeed be regulated through multiple mechanisms [89–93]. It has been shown that the expression of various components of the SUMOylation system is regulated under certain physiological or pathogenic conditions. "
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    ABSTRACT: SUMOylation contributes to the regulation of many essential cellular factors. Diverse techniques have been used to explore the functional consequences of protein SUMOylation. Most approaches consider the identification of sequences on substrates, adaptors, or receptors regulating the SUMO conjugation, recognition, or deconjugation. The large majority of the studied SUMOylated proteins contain the sequence [IVL]KxE. SUMOylated proteins are recognized by at least 3 types of hydrophobic SUMO-interacting motifs (SIMs) that contribute to coordinate SUMO-dependent functions. Typically, SIMs are constituted by a hydrophobic core flanked by one or two clusters of negatively charged amino acid residues. Multiple SIMs can integrate SUMO binding domains (SBDs), optimizing binding, and control over SUMO-dependent processes. Here, we present a survey of the methodologies used to study SUMO-regulated functions and provide guidelines for the identification of cis and trans sequences controlling SUMOylation. Furthermore, an integrative analysis of known and putative SUMO substrates illustrates an updated landscape of several SUMO-regulated events. The strategies and analysis presented here should contribute to the understanding of SUMO-controlled functions and provide rational approach to identify biomarkers or choose possible targets for intervention in processes where SUMOylation plays a critical role.
    07/2012; 2012(1):875148. DOI:10.1155/2012/875148
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    ABSTRACT: Dynamic modification involving small ubiquitin-like modifier (SUMO) has emerged as a new mechanism of protein regulation in mammalian biology. Sumoylation is an ATP-dependent, reversible post-translational modification which occurs under both basal and stressful cellular conditions. Sumoylation profoundly influences protein functions and pertinent biological processes. For example, sumoylation modulates multiple components in the NFkappaB pathway and exerts an anti-inflammatory effect. Likewise, sumoylation of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARgamma) augments its anti-inflammatory activity. Current evidence suggests a role of sumoylation for resistance to apoptosis in synovial fibroblasts. Dynamic SUMO regulation controls the biological outcomes initiated by various growth factors involved in cartilage homeostasis, including basic fibroblast growth factors (bFGF or FGF-2), transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). The impact of these growth factors on cartilage are through sumoylation-dependent control of the transcription factors (e.g., Smad, Elk-1, HIF-1) that are key regulators of matrix components (e.g., aggrecan, collagen) or cartilage-degrading enzymes (e.g., MMPs, aggrecanases). Thus, SUMO modification appears to profoundly affect chondrocyte and synovial fibroblast biology, including cell survival, inflammatory responses, matrix metabolism and hypoxic responses. More recently, evidence suggests that, in addition to their nuclear roles, the SUMO pathways play crucial roles in mitochondrial activity, cellular senescence, and autophagy. With an increasing number of reports linking SUMO to human diseases like arthritis, it is probable that novel and equally important functions of the sumoylation pathway will be elucidated in the near future.
    Gene 10/2010; 466(1-2):1-15. DOI:10.1016/j.gene.2010.07.003 · 2.14 Impact Factor
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