Studies on the Expression and Phosphorylation of the USP4 Deubiquitinating Enzyme

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Title: Studies on the Expression and Phosphorylation of the USP4 Deubiquitinating Enzyme
Authors: Bastarache, Sophie
Date: 2011
Abstract: The USP4 is a deubiquitinating enzyme found elevated in certain human lung and adrenal tumours. USP4 has a very close relative, USP15, which has caused great difficulty in studying only one or the other. We have had generated two antibodies specific to USP4 and USP15, and have confirmed that the two do not cross react. Although there have been previous findings of interacting partners, possible substrates and pathways in which it is involved, the biological role of USP4 is mostly unknown. We have used these antibodies to determine that USP4 and USP15 expression differs across tissue and cell types, and that expression changes as the organism ages. We have shown that USP4 plays a role in canonical Wnt signaling, perhaps by stabilizing Beta-catenin, and identified GRK2 as a kinase, phosphorylating USP4. These data have provided enough information to form a hypothesis, implicating USP4 with the destruction complex in the Wnt signaling pathway.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/20184
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