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CRL4(WDR23)-Mediated SLBP Ubiquitylation Ensures Histone Supply during DNA Replication.

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Brodersen Mia M L, Lampert Fabienne, Barnes Christopher A, Soste Martin, Piwko Wojciech, Peter Matthias,
Project ER-phagy mechanisms to maintain and restore endoplasmic reticulum homeostasis
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Molecular cell
Volume (Issue) 62(4)
Page(s) 627 - 35
Title of proceedings Molecular cell
DOI 10.1016/j.molcel.2016.04.017


To maintain genome integrity and epigenetic information, mammalian cells must carefully coordinate the supply and deposition of histones during DNA replication. Here we report that the CUL4 E3 ubiquitin ligase complex CRL4(WDR23) directly regulates the stem-loop binding protein (SLBP), which orchestrates the life cycle of histone transcripts including their stability, maturation, and translation. Lack of CRL4(WDR23) activity is characterized by depletion of histones resulting in inhibited DNA replication and a severe slowdown of growth in human cells. Detailed analysis revealed that CRL4(WDR23) is required for efficient histone mRNA 3' end processing to produce mature histone mRNAs for translation. CRL4(WDR23) binds and ubiquitylates SLBP in vitro and in vivo, and this modification activates SLBP function in histone mRNA 3' end processing without affecting its protein levels. Together, these results establish a mechanism by which CUL4 regulates DNA replication and possible additional chromatin transactions by controlling the concerted expression of core histones.