The anaphase-promoting complex or cyclosome supports cell survival in response to endoplasmic reticulum stress

Meifan Chen, Gustavo J. Gutierrez, Ze'ev A. Ronai

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The anaphase-promoting complex or cyclosome (APC/C) is a multi-subunit ubiquitin ligase that regulates exit from mitosis and G1 phase of the cell cycle. Although the regulation and function of APC/C Cdh1 in the unperturbed cell cycle is well studied, little is known of its role in non-genotoxic stress responses. Here, we demonstrate the role of APC/C Cdh1 (APC/C activated by Cdh1 protein) in cellular protection from endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. Activation of APC/C Cdh1 under ER stress conditions is evidenced by Cdh1-dependent degradation of its substrates. Importantly, the activity of APC/C Cdh1 maintains the ER stress checkpoint, as depletion of Cdh1 by RNAi impairs cell cycle arrest and accelerates cell death following ER stress. Our findings identify APC/C Cdh1 as a regulator of cell cycle checkpoint and cell survival in response to proteotoxic insults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere35520
JournalPLoS One
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 23 2012


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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