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J Biol Chem. 2005 Mar 11;280(10):9691-7. Epub 2004 Dec 24.

Physical and genetic interactions link the yeast protein Zds1p with mRNA nuclear export.

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  • 1Departamento de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular, Facultad de Biología, Universitat de Valencia, Dr. Moliner, 50. Burjassot 46100, Spain.


Eukaryotic gene expression requires the export of mRNA from the nucleus to the cytoplasm. The DEAD box protein Dbp5p is an essential export factor conserved from yeast to man. A fraction of Dbp5p forms a complex with nucleoporins of the cytoplasmic filaments of the nuclear pore complex. Gfd1p was identified originally as a multicopy suppressor of the rat8-2 ts allele of DBP5. Here we reported that Dbp5p and Gfd1p interact with Zds1p, a protein previously identified as a multicopy suppressor in several yeast genetic screens. By using the two-hybrid system, we showed that Zds1p interacts in vivo with both Gfd1p and Dbp5p. In vitro binding experiments revealed that Gfd1p and Dbp5p bind directly to the C-terminal part of Zds1p. In addition, ZDS1 interacted genetically with mutant alleles of genes encoding key factors in mRNA export, including DBP5 and MEX67. Furthermore, deletion of ZDS1 or of both ZDS1 and the closely related ZDS2 exacerbated the poly(A)+ export defects shown by dbp5-2 and mex67-5 mutants. We proposed that Zds1p associates with the complex formed by Dbp5p, Gfd1p, and nucleoporins at the cytosolic fibrils of the nuclear pore complex and is required for optimal mRNA export.

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