As assayed by both in vivo and in vitro UV-crosslinking techniques, four RNA binding proteins, with apparent molecular weight of 56, 54, 42, and 40 kilodaltons, associated specifically with the Xenopus Vg1 mRNA localization signal (LS) RNA. The 56 and 54 kD proteins were assigned as the masking proteins described previously, on the basis of their thermal stability and the effect of phosphorylation on RNA binding activity. The 42 and 40 kD proteins associated with the LS RNA at a lower extract concentration than the masking proteins did in vitro. Dephosphorylation will eliminate the RNA binding activities of all four proteins. However, either raising the extract concentration or phosphorylating the extract by the catalytic domain of protein kinase A had opposite effects on the crosslinking efficiencies of these two sets of RNA binding proteins. Phosphorylation might regulate this protein exchange process in vitro.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|State||Published - 19 May 1997|