Efficient Enhancement of Signalling Capacity: The Ubiquitin System

Chapter

Abstract

Ubiquitin (Ub) has emerged as a potent cellular signal that regulates a wide variety of processes in normal as well as malignant cells. Its potency is based on an elaborate system of “writing” and “reading” a diverse Ub code on substrate proteins. In this chapter we give an overview on the principles of Ub-based signalling and explain how efficiency and specificity is ensured in the cell. Moreover, we discuss how the capacity of Ub signalling is further enhanced by crosstalk with other post-translational modifications such as phosphorylation and acetylation.

Keywords

Zinc Attenuation Glycine Cysteine Carboxyl 

Notes

Acknowledgement

We would like to thank Tobias Kensche for his help with references and comments on the manuscript.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Buchmann Institute for Molecular Life Sciences and Institute of Biochemistry IIGoethe University School of MedicineFrankfurtGermany

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