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Product Usage Information

Storage: Supplied in 10 mM sodium HEPES (pH 7.5), 150 mM NaCl, 100 µg/ml BSA and 50% glycerol. Store at –20°C. Do not aliquot the antibody.

Specificity / Sensitivity

APC3 Antibody recognizes endogenous levels of total APC3 protein. This antibody does not cross-react with either APC8/CDC23 or APC6/CDC16.


Species predicted to react based on 100% sequence homology: Hamster, Xenopus, Bovine, Dog, Pig, Guinea Pig, Horse

Source / Purification

Polyclonal antibodies are produced by immunizing animals with a synthetic peptide corresponding to residues near the carboxy terminus of human APC3 protein. Antibodies are purified by protein A and peptide affinity chromatography.

Cell proliferation in all eukaryotic cells depends strictly upon the ubiquitin ligase (E3) activity of the anaphase promoting complex/cyclosome (APC/C), whose main function is to trigger the transition of the cell cycle from metaphase to anaphase. APC/C performs its various functions by promoting the assembly of polyubiquitin chains on substrate proteins, which targets these proteins for degradation by the 26S proteasome (1,2). In humans, twelve different APC/C subunits have been identified. Like all E3 enzymes, APC/C utilizes ubiquitin residues that have been activated by E1 enzymes and then transferred to E2 enzymes. Indeed, APC/C has been shown to interact with UBE2S and UBE2C E2 enzymes, in part, via the RING-finger domain-containing subunit, APC11 (3-5). APC/C activity is also strictly dependent upon its association with multiple cofactors. For example, the related proteins, Cdc20 and Cdh1/FZR1, participate in the recognition of APC/C substrates by interacting with specific recognition elements in these substrates (6), called D-boxes (7) and KEN-boxes (8).


Anaphase-promoting complex subunit 3 (APC3) is the human homolog of Saccharomyces cerevisiae CDC27 (9) and, like APC8/CDC23 and APC6/CDC16, is a component of the tetratricopeptide (TPR) subcomplex of the APC/C. It has been demonstrated that the binding of Cdh1/FZR1 to the APC/C depends upon the presence of APC3, implying that APC/C is activated by the association of Cdh1/FZR1 with APC3, which enables APC/C to recognize the D-box of substrates (10,11). APC3 has been shown to be localized to the centrosome at all stages of the mammalian cell cycle, and to the mitotic spindle, suggesting that APC3 plays a critical role for the transition from metaphase to anaphase during mitosis (12). During mitosis, APC3 becomes phosphorylated at numerous sites. This is predicted to change the surface charge distribution significantly such that these modifications could either induce structural changes within the APC/C by altering subunit-subunit interactions or they could change the affinity for molecules that only transiently associate with the APC/C, such as Cdh1/FZR1 (13,14).


1.  Qiao, X. et al. (2010) Cell Cycle 9, 3904-12.

2.  Harper, J.W. et al. (2002) Genes Dev 16, 2179-206.

3.  Carroll, C.W. and Morgan, D.O. (2002) Nat Cell Biol 4, 880-7.

4.  Gmachl, M. et al. (2000) Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 97, 8973-8.

5.  Leverson, J.D. et al. (2000) Mol Biol Cell 11, 2315-25.

6.  Kraft, C. et al. (2005) Mol Cell 18, 543-53.

7.  Glotzer, M. et al. (1991) Nature 349, 132-8.

8.  Pfleger, C.M. and Kirschner, M.W. (2000) Genes Dev 14, 655-65.

9.  Kraft, C. et al. (2005) Mol Cell 18, 543-53.

10.  Tugendreich, S. et al. (1993) Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 90, 10031-5.

11.  Kraft, C. et al. (2003) EMBO J 22, 6598-609.

12.  Vodermaier, H.C. et al. (2003) Curr Biol 13, 1459-68.

13.  Tugendreich, S. et al. (1995) Cell 81, 261-8.

14.  Topper, L.M. et al. Cell Cycle 1, 282-92.


Entrez-Gene Id 996
Swiss-Prot Acc. P30260


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