The enzymes of the NEDDylation pathway play a pivotal role in the activation of the largest class of ubiquitin E3 ligases called Cullin-RING-Ligases (CRLs). Akin to ubiquitylation three classes of enzymes are involved in the process of mammalian NEDDylation; E1 activating enzyme (APP-BP1/UBA3 heterodimer), E2 conjugating enzymes (UBE2M or UBE2F) and E3 ligases the defective in Cul neddylation 1 domain-containing proteins (DCUN1D1-5) (Meyer-Schaller et al., 2009; Huang et al., 2011). There are 5 human DCUN1D1-5 proteins are also named defective in Cul neddylation 1 like proteins (DCNL1–5) (Meyer-Schaller et al., 2009). Cloning of DCNL1 was first described by Kurz et al. (2005). The DCNLs have distinct amino-terminal domains, but share a conserved C-terminal potentiating neddylation (PONY) domain (Kurz et al., 2008). DCNL1 is required for Cul1 NEDDylation in saccharomyces cerevisiae and caenorhabditis elegans. Overexpression of DCNL1 in yeast results in accumulation of NEDD8 bound to the yeast Cul1 ortholog Cdc53. N-terminal acetylation of UBE2M influences the E3 dependent ligation of NEDD8 to Cul1, which is thought to occur by the burial of the N-acetyl-methionine of UBE2M into a hydrophobic pocket in the E3 DCNL1 promoting Cul1 NEDDylation (Kurz et al., 2005; Scott et al., 2011).
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