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The E3 Ligase Parkin Maintains Mitochondrial Integrity by Increasing Linear Ubiquitination of NEMO

Molecular cell doi:10.1016/j.molcel.2013.01.036

Authors/Editors: Mueller-Rischart A-K, Pilsl A, Beaudette P, Patra M, Hadian K, Funke M, Peis R, Deinlein A, Schweimer C, Kuhn P-H, Lichtenthaler SF, Motori E, Hrelia S, Wurst W, Truembach D, Langer T, Krappmann D, Dittmar G, Tatzelt J, Winklhofer KF.
Publication Date: 2013

 MUELLER1-molecular-cell-2013

Abstract

Parkin, a RING-between-RING-type E3 ubiquitin ligase associated with Parkinson's disease, has a wide neuroprotective activity, preventing cell death in various stress paradigms. We identified a stress-protective pathway regulated by parkin that links NF-κB signaling and mitochondrial integrity via linear ubiquitination. Under cellular stress, parkin is recruited to the linear ubiquitin assembly complex and increases linear ubiquitination of NF-κB essential modulator (NEMO), which is essential for canonical NF-κB signaling. As a result, the mitochondrial guanosine triphosphatase OPA1 is transcriptionally upregulated via NF-κB-responsive promoter elements for maintenance of mitochondrial integrity and protection from stress-induced cell death. Parkin-induced stress protection is lost in the absence of either NEMO or OPA1, but not in cells defective for the mitophagy pathway. Notably, in parkin-deficient cells linear ubiquitination of NEMO, activation of NF-κB, and upregulation of OPA1 are significantly reduced in response to TNF-α stimulation, supporting the physiological relevance of parkin in regulating this antiapoptotic pathway.

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