Minireview: hey U(PS): metabolic and proteolytic homeostasis linked via AMPK and the ubiquitin proteasome system

Mol Endocrinol. 2014 Oct;28(10):1602-15. doi: 10.1210/me.2014-1180. Epub 2014 Aug 6.


One of the master regulators of both glucose and lipid cellular metabolism is 5'-AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK). As a metabolic pivot that dynamically responds to shifts in nutrient availability and stress, AMPK dysregulation is implicated in the underlying molecular pathology of a variety of diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, neurological diseases, and aging. Although the regulation of AMPK enzymatic activity by upstream kinases is an active area of research, less is known about regulation of AMPK protein stability and activity by components of the ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS), the cellular machinery responsible for both the recognition and degradation of proteins. Furthermore, there is growing evidence that AMPK regulates overall proteasome activity and individual components of the UPS. This review serves to identify the current understanding of the interplay between AMPK and the UPS and to promote further exploration of the relationship between these regulators of energy use and amino acid availability within the cell.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • AMP-Activated Protein Kinases / metabolism*
  • Animals
  • Energy Metabolism / physiology*
  • Homeostasis / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Proteasome Endopeptidase Complex / metabolism*
  • Proteolysis
  • Ubiquitin / metabolism
  • Ubiquitination / physiology


  • Ubiquitin
  • AMP-Activated Protein Kinases
  • Proteasome Endopeptidase Complex