Thalia Robakis

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  • An Internal Signal Sequence Directs Intramembrane Proteolysis of a Cellular Immunoglobulin Domain Protein JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY Robakis, T., Bak, B., Lin, S., Bernard, D. J., Scheiffele, P. 2008; 283 (52): 36369-36376


    Precursor proteolysis is a crucial mechanism for regulating protein structure and function. Signal peptidase (SP) is an enzyme with a well defined role in cleaving N-terminal signal sequences but no demonstrated function in the proteolysis of cellular precursor proteins. We provide evidence that SP mediates intraprotein cleavage of IgSF1, a large cellular Ig domain protein that is processed into two separate Ig domain proteins. In addition, our results suggest the involvement of signal peptide peptidase (SPP), an intramembrane protease, which acts on substrates that have been previously cleaved by SP. We show that IgSF1 is processed through sequential proteolysis by SP and SPP. Cleavage is directed by an internal signal sequence and generates two separate Ig domain proteins from a polytopic precursor. Our findings suggest that SP and SPP function are not restricted to N-terminal signal sequence cleavage but also contribute to the processing of cellular transmembrane proteins.

    View details for DOI 10.1074/jbc.M807527200

    View details for Web of Science ID 000261840500034

    View details for PubMedID 18981173

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