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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2009, 10(10), 4428-4434; doi:10.3390/ijms10104428

Role of the Ubiquitin Proteasome System in Regulating Skin Pigmentation

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Skin Aging and Photo-aging Research Center, Doshisha University, Kizugawa, Kyoto 619-0225, Japan
2
Kobe Skin Research Institute, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0047, Japan
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Laboratory of Cell Biology, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA
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Received: 3 September 2009 / Revised: 29 September 2009 / Accepted: 9 October 2009 / Published: 15 October 2009
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Abstract

Pigmentation of the skin, hair and eyes is regulated by tyrosinase, the critical rate-limiting enzyme in melanin synthesis by melanocytes. Tyrosinase is degraded endogenously, at least in part, by the ubiquitin proteasome system (UPS). Several types of inherited hypopigmentary diseases, such as oculocutaneous albinism and Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome, involve the aberrant processing and/or trafficking of tyrosinase and its subsequent degradation which can occur due to the quality-control machinery. Studies on carbohydrate modifications have revealed that tyrosinase in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is proteolyzed via ER-associated protein degradation and that tyrosinase degradation can also occur following its complete maturation in the Golgi. Among intrinsic factors that regulate the UPS, fatty acids have been shown to modulate tyrosinase degradation in contrasting manners through increased or decreased amounts of ubiquitinated tyrosinase that leads to its accelerated or decelerated degradation by proteasomes.
Keywords: fatty acid; melanin; melanocyte; tyrosinase; skin; pigmentation fatty acid; melanin; melanocyte; tyrosinase; skin; pigmentation
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Ando, H.; Ichihashi, M.; Hearing, V.J. Role of the Ubiquitin Proteasome System in Regulating Skin Pigmentation. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2009, 10, 4428-4434.

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