Phosphatase Subfamily PPM1G

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Phosphatase Classification: Fold PPM (PP2C): Superfamily PPM (PP2C): Family PPM (PP2C): Subfamily PPM1G


PPM1G emerged in holozoa. Human has a single PPM1G (PP2CG/PP2Cγ/FIN13), as do most other organisms.


PPM1G consists almost entirely of a PPM fold phosphatase domain. The phosphatase domain has a highly acidic insert in which 75% of the 54 residues are glutamate or aspartate in human [1]. The acidic insert is essential for its activity in splicing and interacts with YB-1, a splicesome-associated factor [2].

Human PPM1G also has a N-terminal myristoylation site and a predicted C-terminal nuclear localization signaling [3].


PPM1G is a nuclear phosphatase [3]. Northern blot analysis shows that human PPM1G is widely expressed, and is most abundant in testis, skeletal muscle, and heart [1]. RNA-seq data from GTEx also shows its broad expression in different tissues and particularly abundant in testis. Its best known function is involved in splicesome (see below). Like other PPMs (PP2Cs), recombinant PPM1G requires Mg2+ or Mn2+ for activity [1]. Human PPM1G has the substrates below:

  • Nucleosome-free Histones H2A-H2B. Alternatively, the phosphatase activity and/or substrate specificity of PPM1G might be controlled by binding with histones [4].
  • Deubiquitylation enzyme USP7/HAUSP. PPM1G dephosphorylates USP7S which leads to USP7S downregulation, followed by Mdm2 downregulation and accumulation of p53 [5].
  • 4E binding protein 1 (4E-BP1). PPM1G regulates protein translation and cell growth by dephosphorylating 4E-BP1, which binds to translation initiation factor 4E and inhibits cap-dependent translation in a phosphorylation-dependent manner [6].
  • Survival motor neurons (SMN) complex. PPM1G interacts with and dephosphorylates the SMN complex, possibly the components SMN and Gemin3. The dephosphorylation reduces the stability of the SMN complex and its level in nuclear Cajal bodies [3].
  • Splicesome. PPM1G is a splicing factor that modulates alternative splicing of specific pre-mRNAs coregulated by YB-1, a splicesome-associated factor [2]. It dephosphorylates specific substrates required for the formation of the spliceosome [7], but the substrates are unclear [2, 8].

PPM1G may have other functions and/or be involved in other processes:

  • PPM1G inactivates monomeric the E3 ligase WWP2 and promotes the assembly of two E3 ligases WWP2-WWP1 heterodimeric complex [9]. It is unclear whether PPM1G dephosphorylates WWP1 or WWP2.
  • PPM1G binds to 7SK RNA and the kinase inhibitor Hexim1 once P-TEFb kinase has been released from the 7SK small nuclear ribonucleoprotein (7SK snRNP) complex. The P-TEFb kinase phosphorylates RNA Polymerase II (Pol II) after the release from 7SK nRNP complex, therefore regulating transcription elongation [10].
  • PPM1G is associated with alcohol use disorder [11].

PPM1Gs are found in Drosophila (CG10417) and C. elegans (F42G9.1), but neither are well characterized.


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  8. Suh EJ, Kim YJ, and Kim SH. Protein phosphatase 2Cgamma regulates the level of p21Cip1/WAF1 by Akt signaling. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2009 Aug 28;386(3):467-70. DOI:10.1016/j.bbrc.2009.06.056 | PubMed ID:19538940 | HubMed [Suh09]
  9. Chaudhary N and Maddika S. WWP2-WWP1 ubiquitin ligase complex coordinated by PPM1G maintains the balance between cellular p73 and ΔNp73 levels. Mol Cell Biol. 2014 Oct 1;34(19):3754-64. DOI:10.1128/MCB.00101-14 | PubMed ID:25071155 | HubMed [Chaudhary14]
  10. Gudipaty SA, McNamara RP, Morton EL, and D'Orso I. PPM1G Binds 7SK RNA and Hexim1 To Block P-TEFb Assembly into the 7SK snRNP and Sustain Transcription Elongation. Mol Cell Biol. 2015 Nov;35(22):3810-28. DOI:10.1128/MCB.00226-15 | PubMed ID:26324325 | HubMed [Gudipaty15]
  11. Ruggeri B, Nymberg C, Vuoksimaa E, Lourdusamy A, Wong CP, Carvalho FM, Jia T, Cattrell A, Macare C, Banaschewski T, Barker GJ, Bokde AL, Bromberg U, Büchel C, Conrod PJ, Fauth-Bühler M, Flor H, Frouin V, Gallinat J, Garavan H, Gowland P, Heinz A, Ittermann B, Martinot JL, Nees F, Pausova Z, Paus T, Rietschel M, Robbins T, Smolka MN, Spanagel R, Bakalkin G, Mill J, Sommer WH, Rose RJ, Yan J, Aliev F, Dick D, Kaprio J, Desrivières S, Schumann G, and IMAGEN Consortium. Association of Protein Phosphatase PPM1G With Alcohol Use Disorder and Brain Activity During Behavioral Control in a Genome-Wide Methylation Analysis. Am J Psychiatry. 2015 Jun;172(6):543-52. DOI:10.1176/appi.ajp.2014.14030382 | PubMed ID:25982659 | HubMed [Ruggeri15]
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