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Biochem J. 2009 Aug 27;422(3):443-53. doi: 10.1042/BJ20090500.

Human Ccr4-Not complexes contain variable deadenylase subunits.

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Department of Physiological Chemistry, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands.


The Ccr4-Not complex is evolutionarily conserved and important for regulation of mRNA synthesis and decay. The composition of the yeast complex has been well described. Orthologues of the yeast Ccr4-Not components have been identified in human cells including multiple subunits with mRNA deadenylase activity. In the present study, we examine the composition of the human Ccr4-Not complex in an in-depth proteomic approach using stable cell lines expressing tagged CNOT proteins. We find at least four different variants of the human complex, consisting of seven stable core proteins and mutually exclusive associated mRNA deadenylase subunits. Interestingly, human CNOT4 is in a separate approximately 200 kDa complex. Furthermore, analyses of associated proteins indicate involvement of Ccr4-Not complexes in splicing, transport and localization of RNA molecules. Taken together, human Ccr4-Not complexes are heterogeneous in composition owing to differences in their deadenylase subunits, which may reflect the multi-functionality of these complexes in cellular processes.

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