The protein kinase TAK1 is activated by binding to Lys63 (K63)-linked ubiquitin chains through its subunit TAB2. Here we analyze crystal structures of the TAB2 NZF domain bound to Lys63-linked di-and triubiquitin, revealing that TAB2 binds adjacent ubiquitin moieties via two distinct binding sites. The conformational constraints imposed by TAB2 on a Lys63 dimer cannot be adopted by linear chains, explaining why TAK1 cannot be activated by linear ubiquitination events.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Nature Structural and Molecular Biology|
|Publication status||Published - 2009 Dec|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Structural Biology
- Molecular Biology