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J Mol Biol. 2006 May 12;358(4):997-1009. Epub 2006 Mar 3.

Stimulated expression of mRNAs in activated T cells depends on a functional CRM1 nuclear export pathway.

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University of Heidelberg, Department of Virology, Im Neuenheimer Feld 324, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany.


In metazoans, the nuclear export of bulk mRNAs is mediated by the export receptor TAP, together with its binding partner p15. A number of viral mRNAs, including the unspliced and partially spliced mRNA species of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), however, use an alternative export route via the importin beta-related export receptor CRM1. This raises the question of whether a subset of cellular mRNAs might be exported by CRM1 as well. To identify such mRNAs, we performed a systematic screen in different cell lines, using representational difference analyses of cDNA (cDNA-RDA). In HeLa and Cl-4 cells no cellular transcripts could be identified as exported via CRM1. In contrast, we found a number of CRM1-dependent mRNAs in Jurkat T cells, most of which are induced during a T cell response. One of the identified gene products, the dendritic cell marker CD83, was analyzed in detail. CD83 expression depends on a functional CRM1 pathway in activated Jurkat T cells as well as in a heterologous expression system, independent of activation. Our results point to an important role of the CRM1-dependent export pathway for the expression of CD83 and other genes under conditions of T cell activation.

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