Cargo ubiquitination is essential for multivesicular body intralumenal vesicle formation

EMBO Rep. 2012 Apr;13(4):331-8. doi: 10.1038/embor.2012.18.


The efficient formation of a variety of transport vesicles is influenced by the presence of cargo, suggesting that cargo itself might have a defining role in vesicle biogenesis. However, definitive in vivo experiments supporting this concept are lacking, as it is difficult to eliminate endogenous cargo. The Endosomal Sorting Complexes Required for Transport (ESCRT) apparatus sorts ubiquitinated membrane proteins into endosomal intralumenal vesicles (ILVs) that accumulate within multivesicular bodies. Here we show that cargo ubiquitination is required for effective recruitment of the ESCRT machinery onto endosomal membranes and for the subsequent formation of ILVs.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Endosomal Sorting Complexes Required for Transport / metabolism
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins / metabolism
  • Models, Biological
  • Multivesicular Bodies / metabolism*
  • Multivesicular Bodies / ultrastructure
  • Protein Transport
  • Receptors, Cytoplasmic and Nuclear / metabolism
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins / metabolism
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / metabolism*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / ultrastructure
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins / metabolism
  • Ubiquitinated Proteins / metabolism
  • Ubiquitination*


  • Endosomal Sorting Complexes Required for Transport
  • Hse1 protein, S cerevisiae
  • Receptors, Cytoplasmic and Nuclear
  • Recombinant Fusion Proteins
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins
  • Ubiquitinated Proteins
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins