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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2000 Dec 29;279(3):904-8.

Identification of mouse YB1/p50 as a component of the FMRP-associated mRNP particle.

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Department of Biochemistry, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Atlanta, Georgia 30322, USA.


Fragile X mental retardation is caused by the absence of FMRP, an RNA-binding protein found in a large mRNP complex. Although there is evidence that FMRP exists as a homo-multimer, additional proteins have been identified that associate with FMRP in the mRNP. The autosomal paralogs of FMRP, FXR1P, and FXR2P, associate with FMRP, as do nucleolin and NUFIP1, all RNA binding proteins. Using cell lines that were stably transfected with Flag-Fmr1, we identified an additional protein that coimmunoprecipitates with FMRP. The approximately 50 kDa protein was identified by mass spectrometry as mouse Y box-binding protein 1 (YB1), which is 97% identical to the core mRNP protein p50, an RNA-binding protein. An anti-p50 antiserum recognized the 50 kDa protein, confirming the identification. The association of the FMRP-mRNP with a Y box protein, the latter commonly found in mRNPs, further suggests the involvement of FMRP in translation modulation.

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