Intracellular targeting of proteins by sumoylation. Academic Article uri icon


  • A novel host cell posttranslational modification system, termed sumoylation, has recently been characterized. Sumoylation is an enzymatic process that is biochemically analogous to, but functionally distinct from, ubiquitinylation. As in ubiquitinylation, sumoylation involves the covalent attachment of a small protein moiety, SUMO, to substrate proteins. However, conjugation of SUMO does not typically lead to degradation of the substrate and instead has a more diverse array of effects on substrate function. As the list of sumoylation substrates has expanded, a common theme is that many substrates exhibit sumoylation-dependent subcellular distribution. While the molecular mechanisms by which sumoylation targets protein localization are still poorly understood, it is clear that this modification system is an important regulator of intracellular protein localization, particularly involving nuclear uptake and punctate intranuclear accumulation.

published proceedings

  • Exp Cell Res

author list (cited authors)

  • Wilson, V. G., & Rangasamy, D.

citation count

  • 87

complete list of authors

  • Wilson, VG||Rangasamy, D

publication date

  • January 2001