Regulation of Arabidopsis brassinosteroid receptor BRI1 endocytosis and degradation by plant U-box PUB12/PUB13-mediated ubiquitination. Academic Article uri icon


  • Plants largely rely on plasma membrane (PM)-resident receptor-like kinases (RLKs) to sense extracellular and intracellular stimuli and coordinate cell differentiation, growth, and immunity. Several RLKs have been shown to undergo internalization through the endocytic pathway with a poorly understood mechanism. Here, we show that endocytosis and protein abundance of the Arabidopsis brassinosteroid (BR) receptor, BR INSENSITIVE1 (BRI1), are regulated by plant U-box (PUB) E3 ubiquitin ligase PUB12- and PUB13-mediated ubiquitination. BR perception promotes BRI1 ubiquitination and association with PUB12 and PUB13 through phosphorylation at serine 344 residue. Loss of PUB12 and PUB13 results in reduced BRI1 ubiquitination and internalization accompanied with a prolonged BRI1 PM-residence time, indicating that ubiquitination of BRI1 by PUB12 and PUB13 is a key step in BRI1 endocytosis. Our studies provide a molecular link between BRI1 ubiquitination and internalization and reveal a unique mechanism of E3 ligase-substrate association regulated by phosphorylation.

published proceedings

  • Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A

altmetric score

  • 26.48

author list (cited authors)

  • Zhou, J., Liu, D., Wang, P., Ma, X., Lin, W., Chen, S., ... Shan, L.

citation count

  • 85

complete list of authors

  • Zhou, Jinggeng||Liu, Derui||Wang, Ping||Ma, Xiyu||Lin, Wenwei||Chen, Sixue||Mishev, Kiril||Lu, Dongping||Kumar, Rahul||Vanhoutte, Isabelle||Meng, Xiangzong||He, Ping||Russinova, Eugenia||Shan, Libo

publication date

  • February 2018