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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1999 May 19;258(3):657-62.

Interaction cloning and characterization of the cDNA encoding the human prenylated rab acceptor (PRA1).

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Dipartimento di Biologia e Patologia Cellulare e Molecolare "L. Califano" and Centro di Endocrinologia ed Oncologia Sperimentale del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Università degli Studi di Napoli "Federico II", Via S. Pansini 5, Napoli, Italy.


Rab proteins are small GTPases involved in the regulation of intracellular membrane traffic in mammalian cells. In order to find Rab-interacting proteins we performed a two-hybrid screening using a human brain cDNA library. Here we report the isolation of a full-length human cDNA clone coding for a protein of 185 amino acids. This protein interacts strongly with the Rab4b, Rab5a, and Rab5c proteins and weakly with Rab4a, Rab6, Rab7, Rab17, and Rab22 in the two-hybrid assay. Comparison with the Data Bank revealed that this clone represents the human homolog of the previously isolated rat Prenylated Rab Acceptor (rPRA1). Analysis of mRNA expression shows a single abundant mRNA of about 0.8 kb ubiquitously expressed. Western blot analysis of the overexpressed protein shows a band of the expected size equally distributed between cytosol and membranes.

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