Proteomic analysis identifies novel binding partners of BAP1.


BRCA1-associated protein 1 (BAP1) is a tumor suppressor and its loss can result in mesothelioma, uveal and cutaneous melanoma, clear cell renal cell carcinoma and bladder cancer. BAP1 is a deubiquitinating enzyme of the UCH class that has been implicated in various cellular processes like cell growth, cell cycle progression, ferroptosis, DNA damage response and ER metabolic stress response. ASXL proteins activate BAP1 by forming the polycomb repressive deubiquitinase (PR-DUB) complex which acts on H2AK119ub1. Besides the ASXL proteins, BAP1 is known to interact with an established set of additional proteins. Here, we identify novel BAP1 interacting proteins in the cytoplasm by expressing GFP-tagged BAP1 in an endogenous BAP1 deficient cell line using affinity purification followed by mass spectrometry (AP-MS) analysis. Among these novel interacting proteins are Histone acetyltransferase 1 (HAT1) and all subunits of the heptameric coat protein complex I (COPI) that is involved in vesicle formation and protein cargo binding and sorting. We validate that the HAT1 and COPI interactions occur at endogenous levels but find that this interaction with COPI is not mediated through the C-terminal KxKxx cargo sorting signals of the COPI complex.

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PloS one
  • Volume 16
  • Issue nr. 9
  • Pages e0257688
  • Publication date 01-10-2021

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