Differential activity of ELAV-like RNA-binding proteins in human neuroblastoma.

The Journal of Biological Chemistry
Daniel ChagnovichS L Cohn


Many short-lived mRNAs contain AU-rich instability elements within their 3'-untranslated region. Cellular factors that bind to these elements are thought to play a role in the regulation of mRNA degradation. In the accompanying paper (Chagnovich, D., and Cohn, S. L. (1996) J. Biol. Chem. 271, 33580-33586) we characterized the binding activity of a 40-kDa protein (p40) that interacts with high specificity with at least two AU-rich elements located within the 3'-untranslated region of N-myc. p40 activity correlates with N-myc mRNA stability in subclones of the NBL-W neuroblastoma cells line (W-N and W-S). In an effort to determine the identity of p40 we performed immunoblotting studies, immunoprecipitation experiments, and RNA gel mobility shift assays using antibodies that are directed against known RNA-binding proteins. In this paper we demonstrate that in W-N and W-S cells, p40 activity parallels the expression of embryonic letal abnormal vision (ELAV)-like proteins, and that antibodies directed against this family of RNA-binding proteins recognize p40. We also show that purified ELAV-like proteins (HuD and Hel-N1) bind with high specificity to the same N-myc 3'-untranslated region sequences as p40. Our data indicate that p40 ...Continue Reading


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