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Nucleic Acids Res. 2001 Jun 1;29(11):2268-75.

hnRNP A1 may interact simultaneously with telomeric DNA and the human telomerase RNA in vitro.

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  • 1Département de Microbiologie et d'Infectiologie, Faculté de Médecine, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Québec J1H 5N4, Canada.


The hnRNP A1 protein and a shortened derivative (UP1) promote telomere elongation in mammalian cells. In support of a direct role for A1 in telomere biogenesis, we have shown that the recombinant UP1 protein binds to telomeric DNA sequences in vitro, and pulls down telomerase activity from a cell extract. Here we show that A1/UP1 can interact directly with the RNA component of human telomerase (hTR). A portion of A1/UP1 that contains RNA recognition motif 2 (RRM2) is sufficient for an interaction with the first 208 nt of hTR. Given that the portion of A1/UP1 that contains RRM1 is sufficient for binding to a telomeric DNA oligonucleotide, we have tested whether A1/UP1 can interact simultaneously with both nucleic acids. Using a chromatography assay, we find that A1/UP1 bound to hTR can interact with telomeric DNA. Notably, these interactions are sufficiently robust to withstand incubation in a cell extract. Our results suggest that hnRNP A1 may help recruit telomerase to the ends of chromosomes.

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