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EMBO J. 1999 Apr 1;18(7):1982-95.

Nup153 is an M9-containing mobile nucleoporin with a novel Ran-binding domain.

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  • 1Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6148, USA.


We employed a phage display system to search for proteins that interact with transportin 1 (TRN1), the import receptor for shuttling hnRNP proteins with an M9 nuclear localization sequence (NLS), and identified a short region within the N-terminus of the nucleoporin Nup153 which binds TRN1. Nup153 is located at the nucleoplasmic face of the nuclear pore complex (NPC), in the distal basket structure, and functions in mRNA export. We show that this Nup153 TRN1-interacting region is an M9 NLS. We found that both import and export receptors interact with several regions of Nup153, in a RanGTP-regulated fashion. RanGTP dissociates Nup153-import receptor complexes, but is required for Nup153-export receptor interactions. We also show that Nup153 is a RanGDP-binding protein, and that the interaction is mediated by the zinc finger region of Nup153. This represents a novel Ran-binding domain, which we term the zinc finger Ran-binding motif. We provide evidence that Nup153 shuttles between the nuclear and cytoplasmic faces of the NPC. The presence of an M9 shuttling domain in Nup153, together with its ability to move within the NPC and to interact with export receptors, suggests that this nucleoporin is a mobile component of the pore which carries export cargos towards the cytoplasm.

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