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The sodium-coupled bicarbonate cotransporter 1 (NBCe1) plays an essential role in the maintenance of acid-base homeostasis in the human body. However, little research has been done regarding the modification of NBCe1. Nedd4-2 is one of the most important ubiquitin E3 ligases in the kidney where it is responsible for mediating the ubiquitylation level of many important ion channel proteins; therefore, influencing their expression and membrane localization. In this study, we performed experiments based on a prediction from bioinformatics analysis that NBCe1 might be a Nedd4-2 target protein. The results of co-immunoprecipitation and glutathione S-transferase pull-down assays showed that Nedd4-2 interacted with NBCe1. An in vitro ubiquitination assay further demonstrated that Nedd4-2 is indeed the NBCe1 ubiquitin E3 ligase. The overexpression of Nedd4-2 decreased NBCe1 expression, while MG132 rescued the changes. Nedd4-2 overexpression also altered the subcellular distribution of NBCe1. Furthermore, the kidney specific Nedd4-2-knockout mice certified the alteration of NBCe1. In addition, we speculate that neddylation activates Nedd4-2. A co-immunoprecipitation analysis indicated that Nedd4-2 interacted with Nedd8. In vitro neddylation experiments further demonstrated that Nedd4-2 underwent neddylation modification. The overexpression of Nedd8 led to decreased NBCe1 expression, while Nedd4-2 inhibition rescued the changes. These findings demonstrate that Nedd4-2 acts as the ubiquitin E3 ligase of NBCe1, mediating the degradation and altering the subcellular distribution of NBCe1, and that the neddylation modification downregulated NBCe1 expression by upregulating Nedd4-2 activity. Copyright © 2020 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Jianqiao Tu, Bijun Zhang, Guicun Fang, Wenjing Chang, Yanyan Zhao. Neddylation-mediated Nedd4-2 activation regulates ubiquitination modification of renal NBCe1. Experimental cell research. 2020 May 15;390(2):111958

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