RNA biology

Specific PABP effect on translation of YB-1 mRNA is neutralized by polyadenylation through a "mini-loop" at 3' UTR.

PMID 23134843


YB-1 is a multifunctional cold shock domain containing protein that is involved virtually in all DNA- and mRNA-dependent cellular events. Its amount is regulated at the level of both transcription and translation. We showed previously that translation of poly A(-) YB-1 mRNA in vitro is selectively controlled by two proteins, YB-1 and PABP, through their specific and competitive binding to a regulatory element (RE) within 3' UTR of this mRNA. Here, we describe effects of these two proteins on translation of poly A(+) as compared with poly A(-) YB-1 mRNA in a rabbit reticulocyte cell-free translation system. We have found that YB-1 inhibits translation of both poly A(+) and poly A(-) YB-1 mRNAs at the same comparatively low YB-1/mRNA ratio. PABP has no positive effect on translation of poly A(+) YB-1 mRNA, although it has a stimulating effect on translation of poly A(-) YB-1 mRNA. A positive PABP effect on translation of poly A(+) YB-1 mRNA arose after removal of a portion of the sequence between RE and the poly(A) tail and disappeared after its replacement by another non-specific sequence of the same length. We also report that the RE fragment forms a complex with the poly(A) fragment in the presence of rabbit reticulocyte lysate (RRL) proteins. For its formation PABP is necessary but not sufficient. These results are in agreement with the proposed model implying formation of a mini-loop at 3' UTR of YB-1 mRNA that includes RE, RRL proteins and the poly(A) tail.