Lysosomal metabolism of lipid-modified proteins

Jui Yun Lu, Sandra L. Hofmann

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Much is now understood concerning the synthesis of prenylated and palmitoylated proteins, but what is known of their metabolic fate? This review details metabolic pathways for the lysosomal degradation of S-fatty acylated and prenylated proteins. Central to these pathways are two lysosomal enzymes, palmitoyl-protein thioesterase (PPT1) and prenylcysteine lyase (PCL). PPT1 is a soluble lipase that cleaves fatty acids from cysteine residues in proteins during lysosomal protein degradation. Notably, deficiency in the enzyme causes a neurodegenerative lysosomal storage disorder, infantile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis. PCL is a membrane-associated flavin-containing lysosomal monooxygenase that metabolizes prenylcysteine to prenyl aldehyde through a completely novel mechanism. The eventual metabolic fates of other lipidated proteins (such as glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored and N-myristoylated proteins) are poorly understood, suggesting directions for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1352-1357
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of lipid research
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2006


  • Lysosomal enzymes
  • Monooxygenases
  • Posttranslational lipid modifications
  • Prenylation
  • S-palmitoylation
  • Thioesterases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Cell Biology


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