Cullin-3–RING ubiquitin ligase activity is required for striated muscle function in mice

James B. Papizan, Alexander H. Vidal, Svetlana Bezprozvannaya, Rhonda Bassel-Duby, Eric N. Olson

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Control of protein homeostasis is an essential cellular process that, when perturbed, can result in the deregulation or toxic accumulation of proteins. Owing to constant mechanical stress, striated muscle proteins are particularly prone to wear and tear and require several protein quality– control mechanisms to coordinate protein turnover and removal of damaged proteins. Kelch-like proteins, substrate adapters for the Cullin-3 (Cul3)-RING ligase (CRL3) complex, are emerging as critical regulators of striated muscle development and function, highlighting the importance of Cul3-mediated proteostasis in muscle function. To explore the role of Cul3-mediated proteostasis in striated muscle, here we deleted Cul3 specifically in either skeletal muscle (SkM-Cul3 KO) or cardiomyocytes (CM-Cul3 KO) of mice. The loss of Cul3 caused neonatal lethality and dramatic alterations in the proteome, which were unique to each striated muscle type. Many of the proteins whose expression was significantly changed in the SkM-Cul3 KO were components of the extracellular matrix and sarcomere, whereas proteins altered in the CM-Cul3 KO were involved in metabolism. These findings highlight the requirement for striated muscle–specific CRL3 activity and indicate how the CRL3 complex can control different nodes of protein interaction networks in different types of striated muscle. Further identification of Cul3 substrates, and how these substrates are targeted, may reveal therapeutic targets and treatment regimens for striated muscle diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8802-8811
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number23
StatePublished - Jun 8 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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