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Trends Biochem Sci. 1989 Sep;14(9):373-7.

Poly(A), poly(A) binding protein and the regulation of mRNA stability.


This review has focused on the possibility that interactions between mRNA sequences and the poly(A)-nucleoprotein complex play important roles in mRNA turnover. It is important to stress that additional genetic and biochemical tests are necessary to characterize how PABP interacts with mRNA in cells and to determine whether the poly(A) protection hypothesis is accurate. Moreover, there may be a significant number of mRNAs whose half-lives are independent of polyadenylation. For example, the stabilities of poly(A)-containing and deadenylated alpha 2u-globulin and interferon mRNAs are similar in microinjected oocytes. Thus, an important challenge in this field will be to analyse the complex and interactive factors that determine the half-lives of specific mRNAs.

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