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Neuron. 2003 Feb 6;37(3):417-31.

RNA cargoes associating with FMRP reveal deficits in cellular functioning in Fmr1 null mice.

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Department of Pharmacology, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA.


The Fragile X mental retardation-1 (Fmr1) gene encodes a multifunctional protein, FMRP, with intrinsic RNA binding activity. We have developed an approach, antibody-positioned RNA amplification (APRA), to identify the RNA cargoes associated with the in vivo configured FMRP messenger ribonucleoprotein (mRNP) complex. Using APRA as a primary screen, putative FMRP RNA cargoes were assayed for their ability to bind directly to FMRP using traditional methods of assessing RNA-protein interactions, including UV-crosslinking and filter binding assays. Approximately 60% of the APRA-defined mRNAs directly associate with FMRP. By examining a subset of these mRNAs and their encoded proteins in brain tissue from Fmr1 knockout mice, we have observed that some of these cargoes as well as the proteins they encode show discrete changes in abundance and/or differential subcellular distribution. These data are consistent with spatially selective regulation of multiple biological pathways by FMRP.

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