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Open Access Commentary

p97 complexes as signal integration hubs

Hemmo Meyer

Author Affiliations

Centre for Medical Biotechnology, Faculty of Biology, University of Duisburg-Essen, 45117 Essen, Germany

BMC Biology 2012, 10:48  doi:10.1186/1741-7007-10-48

Published: 13 June 2012

Abstract

In the ubiquitin-proteasome system, a subset of ubiquitylated proteins requires the AAA+ ATPase p97 (also known as VCP or Cdc48) for extraction from membranes or protein complexes before delivery to the proteasome for degradation. Diverse ubiquitin adapters are known to link p97 to its client proteins, but two recent papers on the adapter protein UBXD7, including one by Bandau et al. in BMC Biology, suggest that rather than simply linking p97 to ubiquitylated proteins, this adapter may be essential to coordinate ubiquitylation and p97-mediated extraction of the proteasome substrate. These findings add to growing indications of richly diverse roles of adapters in p97-mediated signaling functions.

See research article: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7007/10/36 webcite