Discovery of an unexpected function of a protein linked to neurodegenerative diseases

28 abril 2015

Until now, the proteins known as ubiquitin receptors have been associated mainly with protein degradation, a basic cell cleaning process. A new function now described for the protein dDsk2 links ubiquitin receptors for the first time with the regulation of gene expression. This discovery opens up a double scenario, one focused on basic epigenomic research and the other biomedical, because of the link between dDsk2 and neurodegenerative diseases.