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Nucleic Acids Res. 2008 Dec;36(22):7157-67. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkn800. Epub 2008 Nov 10.

A cytoplasmic variant of the KH-type splicing regulatory protein serves as a decay-promoting factor for phosphoglycerate kinase 2 mRNA in murine male germ cells.

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Center for Research on Reproduction and Women's Health, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 6080, USA.


Phosphoglycerate kinase 2 (PGK2) is a germ cell-specific protein whose mRNA is translationally regulated in the mammalian testis. Using RNA affinity chromatography with the 3'-untranslated region (UTR) of Pgk2 mRNA and adult testis extracts, several associated proteins including a novel isoform of the AU-rich element RNA-binding protein and KH-type splicing regulatory protein (KSRP) were identified. KSRP, a protein of approximately 75 kDa, is widely expressed in somatic and germ cells where it is primarily nuclear. In addition to the approximately 75-kDa KSRP, a approximately 52-kD KSRP, t-KSRP, is present in the cytoplasm of a subpopulation of germ cells. t-KSRP binds directly to a 93-nt sequence (designated the F1 region) of the 3'-UTR of the Pgk2 mRNA and destabilizes Pgk2 mRNA constructs in testis extracts and in transfected cells. We conclude that this testicular variant of the multifunctional nucleic acid-binding protein, KSRP, serves as a decay-promoting factor for Pgk2 mRNA in male germ cells.

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