IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: Ulp1 peptidase

Reaction: Hydrolysis of the α-linked peptide bond in the sequence Gly-Gly┼Ala-Thr-Tyr at the C-terminal end of the small ubiquitin-like modifier (SUMO) propeptide, Smt3, leading to the mature form of the protein. A second reaction involves the cleavage of an ε-linked peptide bond between the C-terminal glycine of the mature SUMO and the lysine ε-amino group of the target protein

Other name(s): Smt3-protein conjugate proteinase; Ubl-specific protease 1; Ulp1; Ulp1 endopeptidase; Ulp1 protease

Comments: The enzyme from Saccharomyces cerevisiae can also recognize small ubiquitin-like modifier 1 (SUMO-1) from human as a substrate in both SUMO-processing (α-linked peptide bonds) and SUMO-deconjugation (ε-linked peptide bonds) reactions [1,2,3]. Ulp1 has several functions, including an essential role in chromosomal segregation and progression of the cell cycle through the G2/M phase of the cell cycle. Belongs in peptidase family C48.

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1. Lima, C.D. Ulp1 endopeptidase. In: Barrett, A.J., Rawlings, N.D. and Woessner, J.F. (Eds), Handbook of Proteolytic Enzymes, 2nd edn, Elsevier, London, 2004, pp. 1340-1344.

2. Li, S.-J. and Hochstrasser, M. A new protease required for cell-cycle progression in yeast. Nature 398 (1999) 246-251. [PMID: 10094048]

3. Taylor, D.L., Ho, J.C., Oliver, A. and Watts, F.Z. Cell-cycle-dependent localisation of Ulp1, a Schizosaccharomyces pombe Pmt3 (SUMO)-specific protease. J. Cell Sci. 115 (2002) 1113-1122. [PMID: 11884512]

4. Li, S.-J. and Hochstrasser, M. The Ulp1 SUMO isopeptidase: distinct domains required for viability, nuclear envelope localization, and substrate specificity. J. Cell Biol. 160 (2003) 1069-1081. [PMID: 12654900]

5. Ihara, M., Koyama, H., Uchimura, Y., Saitoh, H. and Kikuchi, A. Noncovalent binding of small ubiquitin-related modifier (SUMO) protease to SUMO is necessary for enzymatic activities and cell growth. J. Biol. Chem. 282 (2007) 16465-16475. [PMID: 17428805]

6. Mukhopadhyay, D. and Dasso, M. Modification in reverse: the SUMO proteases. Trends Biochem. Sci. 32 (2007) 286-295. [PMID: 17499995]

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