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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2003 Feb 7;301(2):502-8.

Centaurin-alpha 1 associates in vitro and in vivo with nucleolin.

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  • 1Division of Biomedical and Clinical Laboratory Sciences, The University of Edinburgh, Hugh Robson Building, George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9XD, UK.


Centaurin-alpha(1) was originally described as a binding partner for phosphoinositides. In spite of the presence of a putative ADP-ribosylation factor (ARF) GTPase-activating protein (GAP) domain, no ARF-GAP activity has been attributed to centaurin-alpha(1) so far. Thus the function of this protein remains to be determined. In order to better understand its intracellular role, we aimed to identify centaurin-alpha(1) partners. Using affinity chromatography followed by mass spectrometry analysis, we identified several potential centaurin-alpha(1) protein partners. Nucleolin, a nucleolar protein involved in ribosome biosynthesis, was the main centaurin-alpha(1) interacting protein. The interaction between centaurin-alpha(1) and nucleolin was confirmed by Western blot analysis and GST pull down assays. Moreover, we have shown that ectopically expressed centaurin-alpha(1) associates in vivo with endogenous nucleolin in human embryonic kidney 293 cells. In addition, the association between nucleolin and centaurin-alpha(1) was disrupted by RNAse treatment, indicating that RNA integrity was necessary for their binding. This suggested that centaurin-alpha(1) was part of a ribonucleoprotein complex.

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