Author(s) Ha, H.Y.; Alfulaij, N.; Berry, M.J.; Seale, L.A.
Journal Biol Trace Elem Res
Date Published 2019 Nov

Selenium is an essential dietary micronutrient. Ingested selenium is absorbed by the intestines and transported to the liver where it is mostly metabolized to selenocysteine (Sec). Sec is then incorporated into selenoproteins, including selenoprotein P (SELENOP), which is secreted into plasma and serves as a source of selenium to other tissues of the body. Herein, we provide an overview of the biology of selenium from its absorption and distribution to selenoprotein uptake and degradation, with a particular focus on the latter. Molecular mechanisms of selenoprotein degradation include the lysosome-mediated pathway for SELENOP and endoplasmic reticulum-mediated degradation of selenoproteins via ubiquitin-activated proteasomal pathways. Ubiquitin-activated pathways targeting full-length selenoproteins include the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma-dependent pathway and substrate-dependent ubiquitination. An alternate mechanism is utilized for truncated selenoproteins, in which cullin-RING E3 ubiquitin ligase 2 targets the defective proteins for ubiquitin-proteasomal degradation. Selenoproteins, particularly SELENOP, may have their Sec residues reutilized for new selenoprotein synthesis via Sec decomposition. This review will explore these aspects in selenium biology, providing insights to knowledge gaps that remain to be uncovered.

DOI 10.1007/s12011-019-01771-x
Keywords Animals; Humans; Intestinal Mucosa; Liver; Proteasome Endopeptidase Complex; Proteolysis; Selenium; Selenoprotein P
ISSN 1559-0720
Citation Biol Trace Elem Res. 2019;192(1):2637.