Nedd4 and Nedd4–2: Closely related ubiquitin-protein ligases with distinct physiological functions

Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242, USA.
Cell death and differentiation (Impact Factor: 8.18). 07/2009; 17(1):68-77. DOI: 10.1038/cdd.2009.84
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The Nedd4 (neural precursor cell-expressed developmentally downregulated gene 4) family of ubiquitin ligases (E3s) is characterized by a distinct modular domain architecture, with each member consisting of a C2 domain, 2-4 WW domains, and a HECT-type ligase domain. Of the nine mammalian members of this family, Nedd4 and its close relative, Nedd4-2, represent the ancestral ligases with strong similarity to the yeast, Rsp5. In Saccharomyces cerevisiae Rsp5 has a key role in regulating the trafficking, sorting, and degradation of a large number of proteins in multiple cellular compartments. However, in mammals the Nedd4 family members, including Nedd4 and Nedd4-2, appear to have distinct functions, thereby suggesting that these E3s target specific proteins for ubiquitylation. In this article we focus on the biology and emerging functions of Nedd4 and Nedd4-2, and review recent in vivo studies on these E3s.

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    • "dissecting the mechanism underlying the control of Dvl production is of central importance in understanding CE movements. NEDD4L (neural precursor cell expressed, developmentally downregulated 4-like), a HECT-type E3 ubiquitin ligase, has been shown to be essential for the stability control of multiple cellular proteins including ENαC, activated Smad2/3 and Dvl (Yang and Kumar, 2009; Boase et al., 2011; Kimura et al., 2011; Lee et al., 2009; Rotin and Kumar, 2009; Gao et al., 2009; Ding et al., 2013). In this report we tested the function of NEDD4L in the context of mesodermal convergent extension using Xenopus model organism. "
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