Eukaryotic proteasome assembly is a highly organized process mediated by several proteasome-specific chaperones, which interact with proteasome assembly intermediates. In yeast, Ump1 and Pba1-4 have been identified as assembly chaperones that are dedicated to the formation of the proteasome 20S catalytic core complex. The crystal structures of Pba chaperones have been reported previously, but no detailed information has been provided for the structure of Ump1. Thus, to better understand the mechanisms underlying Ump1-mediated proteasome assembly, we characterized the conformation of Ump1 in solution using NMR. Backbone chemical shift data indicated that Ump1 is an intrinsically unstructured protein and largely devoid of secondary structural elements.
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