Mind Bomb-2 Is an E3 Ligase That Ubiquitinates the N-Methyl-D-aspartate Receptor NR2B Subunit in a Phosphorylation-dependent Manner

Gallo Research Center, Department of Neurology, University of California-San Francisco, Emeryville, CA 94608, USA.
Journal of Biological Chemistry (Impact Factor: 4.57). 02/2008; 283(1):301-10. DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M705580200
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ABSTRACT The N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) plays a critical role in synaptic plasticity. Post-translational modifications of NMDARs, such
as phosphorylation, alter both the activity and trafficking properties of NMDARs. Ubiquitination is increasingly being recognized
as another post-translational modification that can alter synaptic protein composition and function. We identified Mind bomb-2
as an E3 ubiquitin ligase that interacts with and ubiquitinates the NR2B subunit of the NMDAR in mammalian cells. The protein-protein
interaction and the ubiquitination of the NR2B subunit were found to be enhanced in a Fyn phosphorylation-dependent manner.
Immunocytochemical studies reveal that Mind bomb-2 is localized to postsynaptic sites and colocalizes with the NMDAR in apical
dendrites of hippocampal neurons. Furthermore, we show that NMDAR activity is down-regulated by Mind bomb-2. These results
identify a specific E3 ubiquitin ligase as a novel interactant with the NR2B subunit and suggest a possible mechanism for
the regulation of NMDAR function involving both phosphorylation and ubiquitination.

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