Recommended Readings: Agata Smogorzewska, M.D., Ph.D., April 24

Friday Lecture Series
Friday, April 24, 2015
3:45 p.m., Caspary Auditorium

Agata Smogorzewska, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Head,
Laboratory of Genome Maintenance,
The Rockefeller University

DNA Interstrand Crosslink Repair: from Genetics to Mechanism

Recommended Readings

Empirical Articles

Flynn, E. K., Kamat, A., Lach, F. P., Donovan, F. X., Kimble, D. C., Narisu, N., … & Chandrasekharappa, S. C. (2014). Comprehensive analysis of pathogenic deletion variants in Fanconi anemia genes. Human Mutation, 35(11), 1342-1353. doi:10.1002/humu.22680

Kim, Y., Spitz, G. S., Veturi, U., Lach, F. P., Auerbach, A. D., & Smogorzewska, A. (2013). Regulation of multiple DNA repair pathways by the Fanconi anemia protein SLX4. Blood, 121(1), 54-63. doi:10.1182/blood-2012-07-441212

Ouyang, J., Garner, E., Hallet, A., Nguyen, H. D., Rickman, K. A., Gill, G., … & Zou, L. (2015). Noncovalent interactions with SUMO and ubiquitin orchestrate distinct functions of the SLX4 complex in genome maintenance. Molecular Cell, 57(1), 108-122. doi:10.1016/j.molcel.2014.11.015

Wang, R., Persky, N. S., Yoo, B., Ouerfelli, O., Smogorzewska, A., Elledge, S. J., & Pavletich, N. P. (2014). Mechanism of DNA interstrand cross-link processing by repair nuclease FAN1. Science, 346(6213), 1127-1130. doi:10.1126/science.1258973

Review Paper

Kottemann, M. C., & Smogorzewska, A. (2013). Fanconi anaemia and the repair of Watson and Crick DNA crosslinks. Nature, 493(7432), 356-363. doi:10.1038/nature11863

Recommended Readings: Daniel Finley, Ph.D. May 30

Friday Lecture Series
Friday, May 30, 2014
3:45 p.m., Caspary Auditorium

Daniel Finley, Ph.D.
Department of Cell Biology
Harvard Medical School

Regulation of Proteasome Activity by Ubiquitin Chain Editing

Recommended Readings:

Empirical Articles

Crosas, B., Hanna, J., Kirkpatrick, D. S., Zhang, D. P., Tone, Y., Hathaway, N. a, … Finley, D. (2006). Ubiquitin chains are remodeled at the proteasome by opposing ubiquitin ligase and deubiquitinating activities. Cell, 127(7), 1401–1413. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2006.09.051

Hanna, J., Hathaway, N. a, Tone, Y., Crosas, B., Elsasser, S., Kirkpatrick, D. S., … Finley, D. (2006). Deubiquitinating enzyme Ubp6 functions noncatalytically to delay proteasomal degradation. Cell, 127(1), 99–111. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2006.07.038

Lee, B.-H., Lee, M. J., Park, S., Oh, D.-C., Elsasser, S., Chen, P.-C., … Finley, D. (2010). Enhancement of proteasome activity by a small-molecule inhibitor of USP14. Nature, 467(7312), 179–184. doi:10.1038/nature09299

Leggett, D. S., Hanna, J., Borodovsky, A., Crosas, B., Schmidt, M., Baker, R. T., … Finley, D. (2002). Multiple associated proteins regulate proteasome structure and function. Molecular Cell, 10(3), 495–507.

Review Papers

Finley, D. (2009). Recognition and Processing of Ubiquitin-Protein Conjugates by the Proteasome. Annual Review of Biochemistry, 78(1), 477–513. doi:10.1146/annurev.biochem.78.081507.101607

Schmidt, M., & Finley, D. (2014). Regulation of proteasome activity in health and disease. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, 1843(1), 13–25. doi:10.1016/j.bbamcr.2013.08.012


Recommended Readings: Alexander Varshavsky, Ph.D.

Friday Lecture Series

William H. Stein Memorial Lecture

Recent Discoveries about the Ubiquitin System and the N-end Rule Pathway

Alexander Varshavsky, Ph.D.,

Howard and Gwen Laurie Smits Professor of Cell Biology,

California Institute of Technology

April 26, 2012

3:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m. (Refreshments, 3:15 p.m., Abby Lounge)

Caspary Auditorium

Recommended Readings

Graciet, E., Walter, F., Maoiléidigh, D. Ó., Pollmann, S., Meyerowitz, E. M., Varshavsky, A., & Wellmer, F. (2009). The N-end rule pathway controls multiple functions during arabidopsis shoot and leaf development. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 106(32), 13618-13623

Hwang, C. -., Shemorry, A., Auerbach, D., & Varshavsky, A. (2010). The N-end rule pathway is mediated by a complex of the RING-type Ubr1 and HECT-type Ufd4 ubiquitin ligases. Nature Cell Biology, 12(12), 1177-1185

Hwang, C. -., Shemorry, A., & Varshavsky, A. (2010). N-terminal acetylation of cellular proteins creates specific degradation signals. Science, 327(5968), 973-977

Hwang, C. -., Shemorry, A., & Varshavsky, A. (2009). Two proteolytic pathways regulate DNA repair by cotargeting the Mgt1 alkylguanine transferase. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 106(7), 2142-2147

Varshavsky, A. (2006). The early history of the ubiquitin field. Protein Science, 15(3), 647-654

Varshavsky, A. (2011). The N-end rule pathway and regulation by proteolysis. Protein Science, 20(8), 1298-1345

Xia, Z., Webster, A., Du, F., Piatkov, K., Ghislain, M., & Varshavsky, A. (2008). Substrate-binding sites of UBR1, the ubiquitin ligase of the N-end rule pathway. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 283(35), 24011-24028


Recommended Readings: Tom W. Muir, Ph.D.

Friday Lecture Series

A Synthetic “Kiss of Death”

 Tom W. Muir, Ph.D.

Richard E. Salomon Professor and head, Selma and Lawrence Ruben Laboratory of Synthetic Protein Chemistry

The Rockefeller University

March 6, 2009

3:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m. (Refreshments, 3:15 p.m., Abby Lounge)

Caspary Auditorium

Recommended Articles:

Alexeev, D., P. N. Barlow, S. M. Bury, J. -D Charrier, A. Cooper, D. Hadfield, C. Jamieson, et al. 2003. Synthesis, structural and biological studies of ubiquitin mutants containing (2S, 4S)-5-fluoroleucine residues strategically placed in the hydrophobic core. ChemBioChem. 4(9):894-896.


Alexeev, D., S. M. Bury, M. A. Turner, O. M. Ogunjobi, T. W. Muir, R. Ramage, and L. Sawyer. 1994. Synthetic, structural and biological studies of the ubiquitin system: Chemically synthesized and native ubiquitin fold into identical three-dimensional structures. Biochemical Journal. 299(1):159-163.


Chatterjee, C., R. K. McGinty, J. -P Pellois, and T. W. Muir. 2007. Auxiliary-mediated site-specific peptide ubiquitylation. Angewandte Chemie – International Edition. 46(16):2814-2818.


Chiang, K. P., and T. W. Muir. 2008. Systems- and molecular-level elucidation of signaling processes through chemistry. Science signaling. 1(42):pp. pe45.


Layfield, R., K. Franklin, M. Landon, G. Walker, P. Wang, R. Ramage, A. Brown, et al. 1999. Chemically synthesized ubiquitin extension proteins detect distinct catalytic capacities of deubiquitinating enzymes. Analytical Biochemistry. 274(1):40-49.


Love, S. G., T. W. Muir, R. Ramage, K. T. Shaw, D. Alexeev, L. Sawyer, S. M. Kelly, et al. 1997. Synthetic, structural and biological studies of the ubiquitin system: Synthesis and crystal structure of an analogue containing unnatural amino acids. Biochemical Journal. 323(3):727-734.


McGinty, R. K., J. Kim, C. Chatterjee, R. G. Roeder, and T. W. Muir. 2008. Chemically ubiquitylated histone H2B stimulates hDot1L-mediated intranucleosomal methylation. Nature. 453(7196):812-816.


Ramage, R., J. Green, T. W. Muir, O. M. Ogunjobi, S. Love, and K. Shaw. 1994. Synthetic, structural and biological studies of the ubiquitin system: The total chemical synthesis of ubiquitin. Biochemical Journal. 299(1):151-158.