Sumoylation of Hes6 regulates protein degradation and Hes1-mediated transcription

Jiwon Lee, Sung Kook Chun, Gi Hoon Son, Kyungjin Kim

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Background: Hes6 is a transcriptional regulator that induces transcriptional activation by binding to transcription repressor Hes1 and suppressing its activity. Hes6 is controlled by the ubiquitin-proteosome-mediated degradation system. Here we investigated the sumoylation of Hes6 and its functional role in its rhythmic expression. Methods: Hes6, SUMO, and ubiquitin were transfected into HeLa cells and the expression pattern was observed by Western blot and immunoprecipitation. To confirm the effect of sumoylation on the rhythmic expression of Hes6, we generated mouse Hes6 promoter-driven GFP-Hes6 fusion constructs and expressed these constructs in NIH 3T3 cells. Results: Overexpression of SUMO led to sumoylation of Hes6 at both lysine 27 and 30. Protein stability of Hes6 was decreased by sumoylation. Moreover, expression of a Hes6 sumoylation-defective mutant, the 2KR (K27/30R) mutant, or co-expression of SUMO protease SUSP1 with native Hes6, strongly reduced ubiquitination. In addition, sumoylation was associated with both the rhythmic expression and transcriptional regulation of Hes6. Wild type Hes6 showed oscillatory expression with about 2-hour periodicity, whereas the 2KR mutant displayed a longer period. Furthermore, sumoylation of Hes6 derepressed Hes1-induced transcriptional repression. Conclusion: Hes6 sumoylation plays an important role in the regulation of its stability and Hes1-mediated transcription. These results suggest that sumoylation may be crucial for rhythmic expression of Hes6 and downstream target genes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-388
Number of pages8
JournalEndocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (NRF-2013M3C7A1056731 and NRF-2014R1A 2A1A01003680), and the BK21 Plus program through the National Research Foundation of Korea funded by the Ministry of Education (10Z20130012420). BioScience Writers edited the manuscript.

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© 2015 Korean Endocrine Society.


  • Degradation
  • Hes6
  • Rhythmic expression
  • Sumoylation
  • Ubiquitination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology


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