Title: Identification of two proteins that bind to a pyrimidine-rich sequence in the 3'-untranslated region of GAP-43 mRNA
Authors: Irwin, N ×
Baekelandt, Veerle
Goritchenko, L
Benowitz, LI #
Issue Date: Mar-1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Series Title: Nucleic acids research vol:25 issue:6 pages:1281-1288
Abstract: GAP-43 is a membrane phosphoprotein that is important for the development and plasticity of neural connections, In undifferentiated PC12 pheochromocytoma cells, GAP-43 mRNA degrades rapidly (t(1/2) = 5 h), but becomes stable when cells are treated with nerve growth factor, To identify trans-acting factors that may influence mRNA stability, we combined column chromatography and gel mobility shift assays to isolate GAP-43 mRNA binding proteins from neonatal bovine brain tissue, This resulted in the isolation of two proteins that bind specifically and competitively to a pyrimidine-rich sequence in the 3'-untranslated region of GAP-43 mRNA, Partial amino acid sequencing revealed that one of the RNA binding proteins coincides with FBP (far upstream element binding protein), previously characterized as a protein that resembles hnRNP K and which binds to a single-stranded, pyrimidine-rich DNA sequence upstream of the c-myc gene to activate its expression, The other binding protein shares sequence homology with PTB, a polypyrimidine tract binding protein implicated in RNA splicing and regulation of translation initiation, The two proteins bind to a 26 nt pyrimidine-rich sequence lying 300 nt downstream of the end of the coding region, in an area shown by others to confer instability on a reporter mRNA in transient transfection assays, We therefore propose that FBP and the PTB-like protein may compete for binding at the same site to influence the stability of GAP-43 mRNA.
ISSN: 0305-1048
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Group for Neurobiology and Gene Therapy
× corresponding author
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