Structure of the human SENP7 catalytic domain and poly-SUMO deconjugation activities for SENP6 and SENP7

Christopher D. Lima, David Reverter

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Small ubiquitin-like modifier (SUMO) proteases regulate the abundance and lifetime of SUMO-conjugated substrates by antagonizing reactions catalyzed by SUMO-conjugating enzymes. SixSUMOproteases constitute the human SENP/ULP protease family (SENP1-3 and SENP5-7). SENP6 and SENP7 include the most divergent class of SUMO proteases, which also includes the yeast enzyme ULP2. We present the crystal structure of the SENP7 catalytic domain at a resolution of 2.4 Å. Comparison with structures of human SENP1 and SENP2 reveals unique elements that differ from previously characterized structures of SUMO-deconjugating enzymes. Biochemical assays show that SENP6 and SENP7 prefer SUMO2 or SUMO3 in deconjugation reactions with rates comparable with those catalyzed by SENP2, particularly during cleavage of di-SUMO2, di-SUMO3, and poly-SUMO chains composed of SUMO2 or SUMO3. In contrast, SENP6 and SENP7 exhibit lower rates for processing pre-SUMO1, pre-SUMO2, or pre-SUMO3 in comparison with SENP2. Structure-guided mutational analysis reveals elements unique to the SENP6 and SENP7 subclass of SENP/ULP proteases that contribute to protease function during deconjugation of poly-SUMO chains. © 2008 by The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32045-32055
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2008


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