The major function of the ubiquitin-conjugating system is the targeting of cytosolic and nuclear proteins for degradation by the proteasome. Recently, ubiquitin conjugation has been implicated in the downregulation of signalling receptors such as the mammalian growth hormone receptor (GHR) and the alpha-factor receptor in yeast. By examining truncated receptors, the internalization-deficient receptor mutant F327A and conditions under which clathrin-mediated GHR endocytosis is inhibited, we show here that GHR ubiquitination and ligand-induced GHR internalization are coupled events. Previously, we had shown that GHR endocytosis is dependent on an intact ubiquitination system. Here we present evidence that GHR ubiquitination depends on an intact endocytic pathway. Our data indicate that the ubiquitin-conjugating system and the endocytic pathway interact at the cytoplasmic tail of the GHR at the plasma membrane, where they cooperate to regulate internalization of the GHR.