"SUMO-1 conjugation in vivo requires both a consensus modification motif and nuclear targeting."
Rodriguez MS, Dargemont C, Hay RT
Published April 20, 2001
in J Biol Chem
SUMO-1 is a small ubiquitin-related modifier that is covalently linked to many cellular protein targets. Proteins modified by SUMO-1 and the SUMO-1-activating and -conjugating enzymes are located predominantly in the nucleus. Here we define a transferable sequence containing the PsiKXE motif, where Psi represents a large hydrophobic amino acid, that confers the ability to be SUMO-1-modified on proteins to which it is linked. Whereas addition of short sequences from p53 and IkappaBalpha, containing the PsiKXE motif, to a carrier protein is sufficient for modification in vitro, modification in vivo requires the additional presence of a nuclear localization signal. Thus, protein substrates must be targeted to the nucleus to undergo SUMO-1 conjugation.
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