Arabidopsis COP10 forms a complex with DDB1 and DET1 in vivo and enhances the activity of ubiquitin conjugating enzymes

  • Yanagawa Y
  • Sullivan J
  • Komatsu S
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COP10 is a ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme variant (UEV), which is thought to act together with COP1, DET1, and the COP9 signalosome (CSN) in Arabidopsis to repress photomorphogenesis. Here, we demonstrate that COP10 interacts with ubiquitin-conjugating enzymes (E2s) in vivo, and can enhance their activity in vitro, an activity distinct from previous characterized UEVs such as MMS2 and UEV1. Furthermore, we show that COP10 forms a complex with UV-damaged DNA-binding protein 1a (DDB1a) and de-etiolated 1 (DET1), and physically interacts with COP1 and the CSN. Purified CDD (COP10, DDB1, DET1) complex also shows enhancement of E2 activity (UEA) similar to that observed with COP10 itself. Our data suggests that COP10, along with COP1 and the CSN, promotes the degradation of positive regulators of photomorphogenesis, such as the transcription factor HY5, via the ubiquitin/26S proteasome system. Thus, the CDD complex may act as a ubiquitylation-promoting factor to regulate photomorphogenesis.

Author-supplied keywords

  • CDD complex
  • COP10
  • E2 enhancer
  • Photomorphogenesis
  • UEV
  • Ubiquitylation

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  • Yuki Yanagawa

  • James A. Sullivan

  • Setsuko Komatsu

  • Giuliana Gusmaroli

  • Genki Suzuki

  • Jianning Yin

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