The COP9 signalosome inhibits p27(kip1) degradation and impedes G1-S phase progression via deneddylation of SCF Cul1

Curr Biol. 2002 Apr 16;12(8):667-72. doi: 10.1016/s0960-9822(02)00791-1.


The COP9 signalosome (CSN) is a conserved protein complex with homologies to the lid subcomplex of the 26S proteasome. It promotes cleavage of the Nedd8 conjugate (deneddylation) from the cullin component of SCF ubiquitin ligases. We provide evidence that cullin neddylation and deneddylation is highly dynamic, that its equilibrium can be effectively modulated by CSN, and that neddylation allows Cul1 to form larger protein complexes. CSN2 integrates into the CSN complex via its C-terminal region and its N-terminal half region is necessary for direct interaction with Cul1. The polyclonal antibodies against CSN2 but not other CSN subunits cause accumulation of neddylated Cul1/Cul2 in HeLa cell extract, indicating that CSN2 is essential in cullin deneddylation. Further, CSN inhibits ubiquitination and degradation of the cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor p27(kip1) in vitro. Microinjection of the CSN complex impeded the G1 cells from entering the S phase. Moreover, anti-CSN2 antibodies negate the CSN-dependent p27 stabilization and the G1/S blockage, suggesting that these functions require the deneddylation activity. We conclude that CSN inhibits SCF ubiquitin ligase activity in targeting p27 proteolysis and negatively regulates cell cycle at the G1 phase by promoting deneddylation of Cul1.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • COP9 Signalosome Complex
  • Carrier Proteins / metabolism*
  • Cell Cycle Proteins / metabolism*
  • Cell Line
  • Chromatography, Gel
  • Cullin Proteins*
  • Cyclin-Dependent Kinase Inhibitor p27
  • G1 Phase*
  • HeLa Cells
  • Humans
  • Molecular Weight
  • Multiprotein Complexes
  • Nuclear Proteins*
  • Peptide Hydrolases
  • Protein Binding
  • Protein Processing, Post-Translational*
  • Proteins / metabolism*
  • Receptors, Thyroid Hormone*
  • S Phase*
  • Swine
  • Transcription Factors*
  • Transfection
  • Tumor Suppressor Proteins / metabolism*


  • Carrier Proteins
  • Cell Cycle Proteins
  • Cops2 protein, mouse
  • Cullin 1
  • Cullin Proteins
  • Multiprotein Complexes
  • Nuclear Proteins
  • Proteins
  • Receptors, Thyroid Hormone
  • Transcription Factors
  • Tumor Suppressor Proteins
  • Cyclin-Dependent Kinase Inhibitor p27
  • Peptide Hydrolases
  • COP9 Signalosome Complex