UBE2M (Ubc12) [untagged]

Catalogue Number
Product Size
20 µg
Price £
Accession Number
Residues Expressed
Alternate Product Size
100 µg
Certificate of Analysis Size
20 µg
E. coli expression
20 µg
1 mg/ml
50 mM HEPES pH 7.5, 150 mM sodium chloride, 2 mM dithiothreitol, 10% glycerol
Molecular Weight
~22 kDa
12 months at -70°C; aliquot as required
Protein Sequence
Accession number: AAH58924. For full protein sequence information download the Certificate of Analysis pdf.
QA; Protein Identification
Confirmed by mass spectrometry.
QA Activity

E2-NEDD8 Thioester Loading Assay: The activity of UBE2M was validated by loading E1 APP-BP1/Uba3 activated NEDD8 onto the active cysteine of the UBE2M E2 enzyme via a transthiolation reaction. Incubation of the APP-BP1/Uba3 and UBE2M enzymes in the presence of NEDD8 and ATP at 30°C was compared at two time points, T0 and T10 minutes. Sensitivity of the NEDD8/UBE2M thioester NEDD8/UBE2M thioester bond to the reducing agent DTT was confirmed.


The enzymes of the NEDDylation pathway play a pivotal role in a number of cellular processes including the indirect regulation and targeting of substrate proteins for proteasomal degradation. Three classes of enzymes are involved in the process of NEDDylation; the ubiquitin-like activating enzyme APP-BP1/Uba3 (E1), the ubiquitin-like conjugating enzymes (E2s) and protein ligases (E3s). UBE2M is a member of the E2 conjugating enzyme family and the cDNA for human UBE2M was first described by Osaka et al. (1998) and shares 42% sequence identity with yeast UBE2M. A trapped ubiquitin like activation complex has been described for the NEDD8 pathway comprising, the E1 APP-BP1/Uba3, two NEDD8 molecules, UBE2M and MgATP. Thioester linkage of NEDD8 to APP-BP1-Uba3 results in an alternate E1 conformation that exposes two NEDD8 binding sites on the E2 enzyme. After transfer of the non-covalently bound NEDD8 to the E2, an alternate E1 conformation allows the release of the thioester bound NEDD8 product. Transference of the NEDD8 thioester linkage between E1 and E2 enzymes in this way can induce a conformational change and alter downstream signalling in the NEDD8 ubiquitin-like (Ubl) cascade (Huang et al., 2007).The interaction of different E2 enzymes with different Cullin RING E3 Ligases (CRLs) has been determined; for example UBE2M/RBX1 and UBE2F/RBX2 can interact with such ligases. This reveals the functional importance of hierarchical expansion of the NEDD8 conjugation system in establishing selective CRL activation (Huang et al., 2009). Following ionizing irradiation of a human esophageal cancer cell line a cDNA microarray screen found UBE2M to be upregulated suggesting a role for UBE2M in esophageal cancer (Bo et al., 2004).


Bo H, Ghazizadeh M, Shimizu H, Kurihara Y, Egawa S, Moriyama Y, Tajiri T, Kawanami O (2004) Effect of ionizing irradiation on human esophageal cancer cell lines by cDNA microarray gene expression analysis. J Nippon Med Sch 71, 172-80.

Huang DT, Ayrault O, Hunt HW, Taherbhoy AM, Duda DM, Scott DC, Borg LA, Neale G, Murray PJ, Roussel MF, Schulman BA (2009) E2-RING expansion of the NEDD8 cascade confers specificity to cullin modification. Mol Cell 33, 483-95.

Huang DT, Hunt HW, Zhuang M, Ohi MD, Holton JM, Schulman BA (2007) Basis for a ubiquitin-like protein thioester switch toggling E1-E2 affinity. Nature 445, 394-8.

Osaka F, Kawasaki H, Aida N, Saeki M, Chiba T, Kawashima S, Tanaka K, Kato S (1998) A new NEDD8-ligating system for cullin-4A. Genes Dev 12, 2263-8.