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Nucleic Acids Res. 2018 Jun 20;46(11):5792-5808. doi: 10.1093/nar/gky198.

4EHP-independent repression of endogenous mRNAs by the RNA-binding protein GIGYF2.

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CellNetworks Junior Research Group Posttranscriptional Regulation of mRNA Expression and Localization, Heidelberg University, D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany.
Biochemistry Center, Heidelberg University, D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany.


Initially identified as a factor involved in tyrosine kinase receptor signaling, Grb10-interacting GYF protein 2 (GIGYF2) has later been shown to interact with the 5' cap-binding protein 4EHP as part of a translation repression complex, and to mediate post-transcriptional repression of tethered reporter mRNAs. A current model proposes that GIGYF2 is indirectly recruited to mRNAs by specific RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) leading to translation repression through its association with 4EHP. Accordingly, we recently observed that GIGYF2 also interacts with the miRNA-induced silencing complex and probably modulates its translation repression activity. Here we have further investigated how GIGYF2 represses mRNA function. In a tethering reporter assay, we identify three independent domains of GIGYF2 with repressive activity. In this assay, GIGYF2-mediated repression is independent of 4EHP but largely dependent on the CCR4/NOT complex that GIGYF2 recruits through multiple interfaces. Importantly, we show that GIGYF2 is an RBP and identify for the first time endogenous mRNA targets that recapitulate 4EHP-independent repression. Altogether, we propose that GIGYF2 has two distinct mechanisms of repression: one depends on 4EHP binding and mainly affects translation; the other is 4EHP-independent and involves the CCR4/NOT complex and its deadenylation activity.

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