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Methods Enzymol 2005 Jan 01;398:175-95. doi: 10.1016/S0076-6879(05)98016-6.
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Large-scale purification of the vertebrate anaphase-promoting complex/cyclosome.

Herzog F , Peters JM .

The anaphase-promoting complex or cyclosome (APC/C) is a ubiquitin ligase that controls progression through mitosis and the G1 phase of the cell cycle. The APC/C is a 1.5-MDa complex composed of at least 12 different core subunits. At different stages of mitosis and G1, the APC/C associates with a variety of regulatory proteins, such as the activator proteins Cdc20 and Cdh1 and the mitotic checkpoint complex (MCC), which regulate APC/C activity in a substrate-specific manner. Although APC/C and its regulators have been under intense investigation, it is still poorly understood how substrates are recognized and ubiquitinated by the APC/C, why so many subunits are required for these processes, and how regulators of the APC/C control its ubiquitin ligase activity in a substrate-specific manner. This chapter describes a simple and rapid procedure that allows the isolation of APC/C from vertebrate cells and tissues with reasonable purity and at high concentrations, yielding up to 0.5 mg of APC/C. This procedure should facilitate biochemical, biophysical, and structural analyses of the APC/C that will be needed for a better mechanistic understanding of its function and regulation.

PubMed ID: 16275329
Article link: Methods Enzymol

Species referenced: Xenopus laevis
Genes referenced: cdc20 cdh1 mcc