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Aliases PABPN1, OPMD, PAB2, PABII, PABP-2, PABP2, poly(A) binding protein nuclear 1
External IDs MGI: 1859158 HomoloGene: 3412 GeneCards: PABPN1
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Species Human Mouse
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Location (UCSC) Chr 14: 23.32 – 23.33 Mb Chr 14: 54.89 – 54.9 Mb
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Polyadenylate-binding protein 2 (PABP-2) also known as polyadenylate-binding nuclear protein 1 (PABPN1) is a protein that in humans is encoded by the PABPN1 gene.[3][4]


This gene encodes an abundant nuclear protein that binds with high affinity to nascent poly(A) tails. The protein is required for progressive and efficient polymerization of poly(A) tails on the 3' ends of eukaryotic genes and controls the size of the poly(A) tail to about 250 nt. At steady-state, this protein is localized in the nucleus whereas a different poly(A) binding protein is localized in the cytoplasm. An expansion of the trinucleotide (GCN) repeat from normal 10 to 11-17 at the 5' end of the coding region of this gene leads to autosomal dominant oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy (OPMD) disease.[5] Multiple splice variants have been described but their full-length nature is not known. One splice variant includes introns 1 and 6 but no protein is formed.[4]


PABPN1 has been shown to interact with SNW1.[6]


  1. ^ "Human PubMed Reference:". 
  2. ^ "Mouse PubMed Reference:". 
  3. ^ Brais B, Xie YG, Sanson M, Morgan K, Weissenbach J, Korczyn AD, Blumen SC, Fardeau M, Tomé FM, Bouchard JP (Aug 1995). "The oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy locus maps to the region of the cardiac alpha and beta myosin heavy chain genes on chromosome 14q11.2-q13". Hum Mol Genet. 4 (3): 429–34. doi:10.1093/hmg/4.3.429. PMID 7795598. 
  4. ^ a b "Entrez Gene: PABPN1 poly(A) binding protein, nuclear 1". 
  5. ^ Brais B (January 2009). "Oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy: a polyalanine myopathy.". Current neurology and neuroscience reports. 9 (1): 76–82. doi:10.1007/s11910-009-0012-y. PMID 19080757. 
  6. ^ Kim YJ, Noguchi S, Hayashi YK, Tsukahara T, Shimizu T, Arahata K (May 2001). "The product of an oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy gene, poly(A)-binding protein 2, interacts with SKIP and stimulates muscle-specific gene expression". Hum. Mol. Genet. England. 10 (11): 1129–39. doi:10.1093/hmg/10.11.1129. ISSN 0964-6906. PMID 11371506. 

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