Mechanism and disease-association of E2 conjugating enzymes: lessons from UBE2T and UBE2L3

Arno F. Alpi (Lead / Corresponding author), Viduth Chaugule, Helen Walden

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Ubiquitin signalling is a fundamental eukaryotic regulatory system, controlling diverse cellular functions. A cascade of E1, E2, and E3 enzymes is required for assembly of distinct signals, while an array of deubiquitinases and ubiquitin binding modules edit, remove, and translate the signals. In the centre of this cascade sits the E2 conjugating enzyme, relaying activated ubiquitin from the E1 activating enzyme to the substrate, usually via an E3 ubiquitin ligase. Many disease states are associated with dysfunction of ubiquitin signalling, with the E3s being a particular focus. However, recent evidence demonstrates that mutations or impairment of the E2s can lead to severe disease states, including chromosome instability syndromes, cancer predisposition, and immunological disorders. Given their relevance to diseases, E2s may represent an important class of therapeutic targets. In this article, we review the current understanding of the mechanism of this important family of enzymes, and the role of selected E2s in disease.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3401-3419
Number of pages19
JournalBiochemical Journal
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 11 Oct 2016


  • ubiquitin signalling
  • E2 conjugating enzymes
  • UBE2T
  • UBE2L3
  • Fanconi anemia
  • autoimmune disease


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