Dynamic protein palmitoylation in cellular signaling

Tsuyoshi Iwanaga, Ryouhei Tsutsumi, Jun Noritake, Yuko Fukata, Masaki Fukata

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Protein S-palmitoylation, the most common lipid modification with the 16-carbon fatty acid palmitate, provides an important mechanism for regulating protein trafficking and function. The unique reversibility of protein palmitoylation allows proteins to rapidly shuttle between intracellular membrane compartments. Importantly, this palmitate cycling can be regulated by some physiological stimuli, contributing to cellular homeostasis and plasticity. Although the enzyme responsible for protein palmitoylation had been long elusive, DHHC family proteins, conserved from plants to mammals, have recently emerged as palmitoyl acyl transferases. Integrated approaches including advanced proteomics, live-cell imaging, and molecular genetics are beginning to clarify the molecular machinery for palmitoylation reaction in diverse aspects of cellular functions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-127
Number of pages11
JournalProgress in Lipid Research
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2009 May
Externally publishedYes


  • DHHC protein
  • Lipid modification
  • Palmitoyl acyl transferase
  • Protein palmitoylation
  • Protein targeting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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