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Molecular basis of Lys11-polyubiquitin specificity in the deubiquitinase Cezanne

The post-translational modification of proteins with polyubiquitin regulates virtually all aspects of cell biology. Eight distinct chain linkage types co-exist in polyubiquitin and are independently regulated in cells. This ‘ubiquitin code’ determines the fate of the modified protein. Deubiquitinating enzymes of the ovarian tumour (OTU) family regulate cellular signalling by targeting distinct linkage types within polyubiquitin, and understanding their mechanisms of linkage specificity gives fundamental insights into the ubiquitin system.
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