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The aspariginyl hydroxylase human factor inhibiting hypoxia-inducible factor (FIH) is an important regulator of the transcriptional activity of hypoxia-inducible factor. FIH also catalyzes the hydroxylation of asparaginyl and other residues in ankyrin repeat domain-containing proteins, including apoptosis stimulating of p53 protein (ASPP) family members. ASPP2 is reported to undergo a single FIH-catalyzed hydroxylation at Asn-986. We report biochemical and crystallographic evidence showing that FIH catalyzes the unprecedented post-translational hydroxylation of both asparaginyl residues in "VNVN" and related motifs of ankyrin repeat domains in ASPPs (i.e., ASPP1, ASPP2, and iASPP) and the related ASB11 and p18-INK4C proteins. Our biochemical results extend the substrate scope of FIH catalysis and may have implications for its biological roles, including in the hypoxic response and ASPP family function.

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J Biol Chem

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JmjC demethylase, ankyrin, epigenetics, factor inhibiting HIF, hypoxia-inducible factor, iron and 2-oxoglutarate/alpha-ketoglutarate oxygenase, post-translational modification/hydroxylation, Adaptor Proteins, Signal Transducing, Amino Acid Sequence, Ankyrin Repeat, Apoptosis Regulatory Proteins, Catalysis, Humans, Hydroxylation, Hypoxia, Mixed Function Oxygenases, Repressor Proteins