Investigation of protein-protein interactions involving Retinoblastoma Binding Protein 6 using immunoprecipitation and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
Retinoblastoma Binding Protein 6 (RBBP6) is a 200 KDa multi-domain protein that has been shown to play a role in mRNA processing, cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. RBBP6 interacts with tumour suppressor proteins such as p53 and pRb and has been shown cooperate with Murine Double Minute 2 (MDM2) protein in catalyzing ubiquitination and suppression of p53. Unpublished data from our laboratory has suggested that RBBP6 and MDM2 interact with each other through their RING finger domains. RBBP6 has also been shown to have its own E3 ubiquitin ligase activity, catalyzing ubiquitination of Y-Box Binding Protein 1 (YB-1) in vitro and in vivo. YB- 1 is a multifunctional oncogenic protein that is generally associated with poor prognosis in cancer, tumourigenesis, metastasis and chemotherapeutic resistance. Unpublished data from our laboratory shows that RBBP6 catalyzes poly-ubiquitination of YB-1, using Ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme H1 (UbcH1) as E2 ubiquitin conjugating enzyme. We have furthermore shown that the zinc knuckle of RBBP6 interacts specifically with the Ubiquitin-associated domain (UBA) domain of UbcH1.