Epsin 1 is a polyubiquitin-selective clathrin-associated sorting protein

Matthew J Hawryluk, Peter Keyel, Sanjay K Mishra, Simon C Watkins, John E Heuser, Linton M Traub

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Epsin 1 engages several core components of the endocytic clathrin coat, yet the precise mode of operation of the protein remains controversial. The occurrence of tandem ubiquitin-interacting motifs (UlMs) suggests that epsin could recognize a ubiquitin internalization tag, but the association of epsin wilth clathrin-coat components or monoubiquitin is reported to be mutually exclusive. Here, we show that endogenous epsin 1 is clearly an integral component of clathrin coats forming at the cell surface and is essentially absent from caveolin-1-containing structures under normal conditions. The UIM region of epsin 1 associates directly with poly-ubiquitin chains but has extremely poor affinity for monoubiquitin. Polyubiquitin binding is retained when epsin synchronously associates with phosphoinositides, the AP-2 adaptor complex and clathrin. The enrichment of epsin within clathrin-coated vesicles purified from different tissue sources varies and correlates with sorting of multiubiquitin
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-281
StatePublished - 2006


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