Journal article

Structure of the MDM2/MDMX RING domain heterodimer reveals dimerization is required for their ubiquitylation in trans

K Linke, PD Mace, CA Smith, DL Vaux, J Silke, CL Day

Cell Death Differ. | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2008


MDM2, a ubiquitin E3-ligase of the RING family, has a key role in regulating p53 abundance. During normal non-stress conditions p53 is targeted for degradation by MDM2. MDM2 can also target itself and MDMX for degradation. MDMX is closely related to MDM2 but the RING domain of MDMX does not possess intrinsic E3-ligase activity. Instead, MDMX regulates p53 abundance by modulating the levels and activity of MDM2. Dimerization, mediated by the conserved C-terminal RING domains of both MDM2 and MDMX, is critical to this activity. Here we report the crystal structure of the MDM2/MDMX RING domain heterodimer and map residues required for functional interaction with the E2 (UbcH5b). In both MDM2 an..

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