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A role for the poly(A)-binding protein Pab1p in PUF protein-mediated repression.

PUF proteins regulate translation and mRNA stability throughout eukaryotes. Using a cell-free translation assay, we examined the mechanisms of translational repression of PUF proteins in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. We demonstrate that the poly(A)-binding protein Pab1p is required for PUF-mediated translational repression for two distantly related PUF proteins: S. cerevisiae Puf5p and Caenorhabditis elegans FBF-2. Pab1p interacts with oligo(A) tracts in the HO 3'-UTR, a target of Puf5p, to dramatically enhance the efficiency of Puf5p repression. Both the Pab1p ability to activate translation and interact with eukaryotic initiation factor 4G (eIF4G) were required to observe maximal repression by Puf5p. Repression was also more efficient when Pab1p was bound in close proximity to Puf5p. Puf5p may disrupt translation initiation by interfering with the interaction between Pab1p and eIF4G. Finally, we demonstrate two separable mechanisms of translational repression employed by Puf5p: a Pab1p-dependent mechanism and a Pab1p-independent mechanism.

Pubmed ID: 21768112


  • Chritton JJ
  • Wickens M


The Journal of biological chemistry

Publication Data

September 23, 2011

Associated Grants

  • Agency: NIGMS NIH HHS, Id: GM31892
  • Agency: NIGMS NIH HHS, Id: GM50942
  • Agency: NIGMS NIH HHS, Id: R01 GM050942
  • Agency: NIGMS NIH HHS, Id: R37 GM031892

Mesh Terms

  • 3' Untranslated Regions
  • Amino Acid Motifs
  • Base Sequence
  • Caenorhabditis elegans Proteins
  • Genes, Reporter
  • Models, Biological
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Mutation
  • Poly A
  • Poly(A)-Binding Proteins
  • Protein Binding
  • Protein Biosynthesis
  • RNA-Binding Proteins
  • Repressor Proteins
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins