Poly(A)-binding protein

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Poly(A) RNA Binding Protein PABP, PDB 1CVJ

Poly(A)-binding protein (PAB or PABP)[1] is a RNA-binding protein which binds to the poly(A) tail of mRNA.[2] The poly(A) tail is located on the 3' end of mRNA. The nuclear isoforms selectively binds to around 50 nucleotides and stimulates the activity of Polyadenylate polymerase.

Expression and binding[edit]

The expression of mammalian Poly(A)-binding protein is regulated at the translational level by a feed-back mechanism: the mRNA encoding PABP contains in its 5' UTR an A-rich sequence which binds Poly(A)-binding protein. This leads to autoregulatory repression of translation of PABP.

The cytosolic isoform of eukaryotes' Poly(A) binding protein binds to the initiation factor eIF-4G via its C-terminal domain. EIF-4G is bound to eIF-4E, another initiation factor bound to the 5' cap on the 5' end of mRNA. This binding forms the characteristic loop structure of eukaryotic protein synthesis. Poly(A)-binding protein interacting proteins in the cytosol compete for the eIF-4G binding sites. Poly(A)-binding protein has also been shown to interact with a termination factor (eRF3)

Rotavirus NSP3[edit]

Cellular vs Rotavirus Translation

Rotavirus RNA-binding protein NSP3 interacts with eIF4GI and evicts the poly(A) binding protein from eIF4F. And NSP3A, by taking the place of PABP on eIF4GI, is responsible for the shut-off of cellular protein synthesis.[3]


There are several forms.[4] These include:


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  2. ^ Poly(A)-Binding Proteins at the US National Library of Medicine Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)
  3. ^ Piron, M; Vende, P; Cohen, J; Poncet, D (1998). "Rotavirus RNA-binding protein NSP3 interacts with eIF4GI and evicts the poly(A) binding protein from eIF4F" (FREE FULL TEXT). The EMBO Journal 17 (19): 5811–21. doi:10.1093/emboj/17.19.5811. PMC 1170909. PMID 9755181. 
  4. ^ Katzenellenbogen RA, Vliet-Gregg P, Xu M, Galloway DA (December 2010). "Cytoplasmic Poly(A) Binding Proteins Regulate Telomerase Activity and Cell Growth in Human Papillomavirus Type 16 E6-Expressing Keratinocytes". J. Virol. 84 (24): 12934–44. doi:10.1128/JVI.01377-10. PMC 3004306. PMID 20943973.