Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.411, No.1, 197-201, 2011
The Saccharomyces cerevisiae ubiquitin E3 ligase Asr1p targets calmodulin for ubiquitylation
Yeast calmodulin known to be ubiquitylated in vivo in a Ca2+ dependent manner has long remained an orphan substrate. Here we identify Saccharomyces cerevisiae Asr1p as an ubiquitin E3 ligase for yeast calmodulin, a protein involved in calcium signaling. A short region within Asr1p-C harboring two putative calmodulin-binding motifs is sufficient and necessary for interaction with calmodulin. The interaction is direct, occurs in vivo and depends on physiological concentrations of Ca2+. A minimal set of purified proteins including Asr1p E3 ligase was sufficient for in vitro ubiquitylation of calmodulin, a reaction that required a functional Asr1p Ring domain. We propose a role of the Asr1p E3 ligase activity in coping with stress. (C) 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.