Special Issue "Protein Ubiquitination"


A special issue of Cells (ISSN 2073-4409).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 March 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Hanjo Hellmann
Plant Stress Physiology, School of Biological Sciences, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA
Website: http://www.hellmann-lab.com
E-Mail: hellmann@wsu.edu
Phone: +1 509 335 2762
Interests: ubiquitin proteasome pathway; E3 ligases; stress physiology; vitamin B6 metabolism

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Since the discovery of the ubiquitin proteasome pathway in the late 1970’s, tremendous progress has been accomplished in understanding its mechanism, and revealing its conserved nature across the different eukaryotic kingdoms. The pathway functions as one of the major regulatory switches in the cell and affects a broad range of processes such as cell division, transcriptional activity, stress responses and transport processes. Although the pathway is often mainly connected with degradation of ubiquitylated proteins, it also has major impact in controlling activity and subcellular localization of proteins, independently of proteolysis.
This Special Issue will provide an Open Access opportunity to publish research work and review articles related to the ubiquitin proteasome pathway, and to offer comprehensive new insights into current developments of this exciting and important research field.

Dr. Hanjo Hellmann
Guest Editor


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  • ubiquitin
  • ubiquitin chain
  • Sumo
  • 26S proteasome
  • protein stability
  • protein localization
  • E3 ligases
  • cellular regulation
  • signal transduction
  • development

Published Papers (2 papers)

Cells 2014, 3(2), 180-198; doi:10.3390/cells3020180
Received: 28 January 2014; in revised form: 14 March 2014 / Accepted: 15 March 2014 / Published: 27 March 2014
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Cells 2013, 2(4), 732-750; doi:10.3390/cells2040732
Received: 7 October 2013; in revised form: 12 November 2013 / Accepted: 29 November 2013 / Published: 5 December 2013
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Type of Paper: Review
Title: The Ubiquitin-Proteasome System in Viral Infection
Authors: Arianna Calistri 1, Francesca Spanevello 1, Cristina Parolin 2, Giorgio Palù 1,*
Affiliations: 1 Department of Molecular Medicine, University of Padova, Via Aristide Gabelli 63, Padova 35121, Italy
2 Department of Biology, University of Padova, Via Ugo Bassi 58/B, 35121 Padova, Italy; * E-Mail: giorgio.palu@unipd.it
Abstract: The best characterized outcome of ubiquitination is the degradation of proteins linked to multi-ubiquitin (Ub) chains through the proteasome. On the other hand, mono-ubiquitination of proteins is a signal for their internalization from the cell membrane and for their sorting from the endocytic pathway into the multivesicular body (MVB)/late endosomes. The cellular ubiquitination pathway is clearly involved in several steps of viral life cycle. We contributed to the discovery that the sorting function of ubiquitinatin and the MVB biogenesis pathway are relevant for viral release from infected cells. In addition, ubiquitination of cellular proteins mediated by viral encoded Ub ligases (E3) or by cellular E3 enzymes modified by viral factors enables viruses to overcome different intracellular defence mechanisms. In this review we will discussed the most updated evidence on the role played by the ubiquitin-proteasome system in viral replication with a special focus on viral budding and on viral escape from innate immunity.

Type of Paper: Review
Title: Ubiquitination Controls Morphology and Functions of Sperm Organelles
Author: Nobuhiro Nakamura
Affiliation: Nakamura Lab, Department of Biological Sciences, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 4259-B-13 Nagatsuta-cho, Midori-ku, Yokohama 226-8501, Japan; E-Mail: nnakamur@bio.titech.ac.jp
Abstract: Now we know that ubiquitination has diverse cellular functions in eukaryotes. The molecular mechanism and physiological significance of ubiquitin-mediated processes have been extensively studied in yeast and mammalian somatic cells. However, an increasing number of studies have emphasized the importance of ubiquitination in gamategenesis and fertilization. This review will focus on the emerging roles of ubiquitination in biogenesis, functions and stability of sperm organelles.

Last update: 12 August 2013

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