Poly(A)-binding protein positively affects YB-1 mRNA translation through specific interaction with YB-1 mRNA

Olga V. Skabkina, Maxim A. Skabkin, Nadezhda V. Popova, Dmitry N. Lyabin, Luiz O. Penalva, Lev P. Ovchinnikov

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The major protein of cytoplasmic mRNPs from rabbit reticulocytes, YB-1, is a member of an ancient family of proteins containing a common structural feature, cold-shock domain. In eukaryotes, this family is represented by multifunctional mRNA/Y-box DNA-binding proteins that control gene expression at different stages. To address possible post-transcriptional regulation of YB-1 gene expression, we examined effects of exogenous 5′- and 3′-untranslatable region-containing fragments of YB-1 mRNA on its translation and stability in a cell-free system. The addition of the 3′ mRNA fragment as well as its subfragment I shut off protein synthesis at the initiation stage without affecting mRNA stability. UV cross-linking revealed four proteins (69, 50, 46, and 44 kDa) that specifically interacted with the 3′ mRNA fragment; the inhibitory subfragment I bound two of them, 69- and 50-kDa proteins. We have identified these proteins as PABP (poly(A)-binding protein) (69 kDa) and YB-1 (50 kDa) and demonstrated that titrating out of PABP by poly(A) strongly and specifically inhibits YB-1 mRNA cap+poly(A)- translation in a cell-free system. Thus, PABP is capable of positively affecting YB-1 mRNA translation in a poly(A) tail-independent manner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18191-18198
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number20
StatePublished - May 16 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology


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