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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2000 Mar 28;97(7):3276-81.

The hermaphrodite sperm/oocyte switch requires the Caenorhabditis elegans homologs of PRP2 and PRP22.

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  • 1Department of Biochemistry and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Wisconsin, 433 Babcock Drive, Madison, WI 53706, USA. alessandro.puoti@unifr.ch


Sex determination in the hermaphrodite germ line of Caenorhabditis elegans is controlled posttranscriptionally. The switch from spermatogenesis to oogenesis relies on regulation of the fem-3 sex-determining gene via a regulatory element in the fem-3 3' untranslated region. Previous work showed that at least six mog genes are required for repression by the fem-3 3' untranslated region, and that one of those genes, mog-1, encodes a DEAH-box protein. In this paper, we report the cloning of mog-4 and mog-5 and the finding that mog-4 and mog-5 also encode DEAH-box proteins. Our molecular identification of mog-4 and mog-5 relied on genetic mapping and transformation rescue and was confirmed by a missense mutation in each gene. A phylogenetic analysis revealed that the C. elegans MOG-1, MOG-4, and MOG-5 proteins are closely related to the yeast proteins PRP16, PRP2, and PRP22, respectively. In view of their effect on fem-3 regulation and their homology to PRP16, PRP2, and PRP22, we propose that MOG-1, MOG-4, and MOG-5 are required for posttranscriptional regulation, perhaps by modifying the conformation of ribonucleoprotein complexes.

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