Anti-Ro52 Autoantibodies from Patients with Sjögren's Syndrome Inhibit the Ro52 E3 Ligase Activity by Blocking the E3/E2 Interface
2011 (English)In: Journal of Biological Chemistry, ISSN 0021-9258, E-ISSN 1083-351X, Vol. 286, no 42, 36478-36491 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Ro52 (TRIM21) is an E3 ligase of the tripartite motif family that negatively regulates proinflammatory cytokine production by ubiquitinating transcription factors of the interferon regulatory factor family. Autoantibodies to Ro52 are present in patients with lupus and Sjögren's syndrome, but it is not known if these autoantibodies affect the function of Ro52. To address this question, the requirements for Ro52 E3 ligase activity were first analyzed in detail. Scanning a panel of E2 ubiquitin-conjugating enzymes, we found that UBE2D1–4 and UBE2E1–2 supported the E3 ligase activity of Ro52 and that the E3 ligase activity of Ro52 was dependent on its RING domain. We also found that the N-terminal extensions in the class III E2 enzymes affected their interaction with Ro52. Although the N-terminal extension in UBE2E3 made this E2 enzyme unable to function together with Ro52, the N-terminal extensions in UBE2E1 and UBE2E2 allowed for a functional interaction with Ro52. Anti-Ro52-positive patient sera and affinity-purified anti-RING domain autoantibodies inhibited the E3 activity of Ro52 in ubiquitination assays. Using NMR, limited proteolysis, ELISA, and Ro52 mutants, we mapped the interactions between Ro52, UBE2E1, and anti-Ro52 autoantibodies. We found that anti-Ro52 autoantibodies inhibited the E3 ligase activity of Ro52 by sterically blocking the E2/E3 interaction between Ro52 and UBE2E1. Our data suggest that anti-Ro52 autoantibodies binding the RING domain of Ro52 may be actively involved in the pathogenesis of rheumatic autoimmune disease by inhibiting Ro52-mediated ubiquitination.
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American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology , 2011. Vol. 286, no 42, 36478-36491 p.
National CategoryNatural Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-53170DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M111.241786ISI: 000296538300033OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-53170DiVA: diva2:287368
Funding agencies|Swedish Research Council||Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research||VINNOVA||CeNano||Swedish Cancer Society||Karolinska Institutet||Linkoping University||King Gustaf Vs 80-Year Foundation||Heart-Lung Foundation||Stockholm County Council||Gustafsson Foundation||Soderberg Foundation||National Cancer Institute of Canada||Swedish Rheumatism Association||Wallenberg Foundation||2010-01-182010-01-182015-11-03Bibliographically approved