Molecular study of copper-promoted ubiquitination

Grant number: DP190102573 | Funding period: 2019 - 2021

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Abstract

This project aims to study copper-promoted ubiquitination, a novel discovery that a conserved copper binding site in conjugating enzyme UBE2D2 promotes ubiquitination of a range of proteins including tumor suppressor p53. It predicts a correlation between copper homeostasis and cellular proteostasis and may rationalise an inverse relationship between Alzheimer's disease and cancer. This project will employ a range of integrated approaches to illuminate the molecular nature of this copper action. Expected outcomes include an understanding of the molecular mechanisms of this process, and enhanced interdisciplinary collaboration. Potential benefits include new strategies to intervene in copper-..

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