Essential role of sequestosome 1/p62 in regulating accumulation of Lys63-ubiquitinated proteins

J Biol Chem. 2008 Mar 14;283(11):6783-9. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M709496200. Epub 2008 Jan 3.


Sequestosome 1 (SQSTM1)/p62 is an interacting partner of the atypical protein kinase C zeta/iota and serves as a scaffold for cell signaling and ubiquitin binding, which is critical for several cell functions in vivo such as osteoclastogenesis, adipogenesis, and T cell activation. Here we report that in neurons of p62-/- mouse brain there is a detectable increase in ubiquitin staining paralleled by accumulation of insoluble ubiquitinated proteins. The absolute amount of each ubiquitin chain linkage measured by quantitative mass spectrometry demonstrated hyperaccumulation of Lys63 chains in the insoluble fraction recovered from the brain of p62-/- mice, which correlated with increased levels of Lys63-ubiquitinated TrkA receptor. The increase in Lys63 chains was attributed in part to diminished activity of the TRAF6-interacting the Lys63-deubiquitinating enzyme (DUB), cylindromatosis tumor suppressor (CYLD). The interaction of CYLD with TRAF6 was dependent upon p62, thus defining a mechanism that accounts for decreased activity of CYLD in the absence of p62. These findings reveal that p62 serves as an adapter for the formation of this complex, thereby regulating the DUB activity of CYLD by TRAF6 interaction. Thus, p62 has a bifunctional role in regulation of an E3 ubiquitin-protein ligase, TRAF6, and a DUB, CYLD, to balance the turnover of Lys63-polyubiquitinated proteins such as TrkA.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adaptor Proteins, Signal Transducing / chemistry*
  • Adaptor Proteins, Signal Transducing / physiology
  • Animals
  • Cysteine Endopeptidases / metabolism
  • Deubiquitinating Enzyme CYLD
  • Gene Expression Regulation*
  • Heat-Shock Proteins / chemistry*
  • Heat-Shock Proteins / physiology
  • Humans
  • Lysine / chemistry*
  • Mass Spectrometry / methods
  • Mice
  • Mice, Knockout
  • Mice, Transgenic
  • Polyubiquitin / chemistry
  • Proteasome Endopeptidase Complex / metabolism
  • Rats
  • Receptor, trkA / chemistry
  • Receptor, trkA / metabolism
  • Sequestosome-1 Protein
  • TNF Receptor-Associated Factor 6 / metabolism
  • Ubiquitin / chemistry*


  • Adaptor Proteins, Signal Transducing
  • Heat-Shock Proteins
  • Sequestosome-1 Protein
  • Sqstm1 protein, mouse
  • TNF Receptor-Associated Factor 6
  • Ubiquitin
  • Polyubiquitin
  • Receptor, trkA
  • CYLD protein, mouse
  • Deubiquitinating Enzyme CYLD
  • Cysteine Endopeptidases
  • Proteasome Endopeptidase Complex
  • Lysine