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Biol Reprod. 2000 Mar;62(3):720-5.

Mouse testis brain ribonucleic acid-binding protein/translin colocalizes with microtubules and is immunoprecipitated with messenger ribonucleic acids encoding myelin basic protein, alpha calmodulin kinase II, and protamines 1 and 2.

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Center for Research on Reproduction and Women's Health and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA. HD 28832


Testis brain RNA-binding protein (TB-RBP) is a sequence-dependent RNA-binding protein that binds to conserved Y and H sequence elements present in many brain and testis mRNAs. Using recombinant TB-RBP and a highly enriched tubulin fraction, we demonstrate here that recombinant TB-RBP binds to microtubules assembled in vitro. The interaction between recombinant TB-RBP and microtubules was inhibited by high salt and by the microtubule disassembling agents colcemid and calcium, but not by the microfilament-disassembling agent cytochalasin D. Confocal microscopy confirmed colocalization of TB-RBP and tubulin in the cytoplasm of male germ cells. An affinity-purified antibody prepared against recombinant TB-RBP specifically precipitated mRNAs encoding myelin basic protein and alpha calmodulin-dependent kinase II-two transported mRNAs, and protamines 1 and 2-two translationally regulated testicular mRNAs. These data indicate an intracellular association between TB-RBP and specific target mRNAs and suggest an involvement of TB-RBP in microtubule-dependent mRNA transport in the cytoplasm of cells.

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