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Genes Cells. 2018 Dec;23(12):988-997. doi: 10.1111/gtc.12646. Epub 2018 Oct 31.

Regulation of LRG1 expression by RNA-binding protein Puf5 in the budding yeast cell wall integrity pathway.

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Department of Molecular Cell Biology, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences and Faculty of Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan.
Live Cell Super-resolution Imaging Research Team, RIKEN Center for Advanced Photonics, Wako, Saitama, Japan.


The PUF RNA-binding protein Puf5 is involved in regulation of the cell wall integrity (CWI) pathway in yeast. Puf5 negatively regulates expression of LRG1 mRNA, encoding for a GTPase-activating protein for Rho1 small GTPase. Here, we further analyzed the effect of Puf5 on LRG1 expression, together with Ccr4 and Pop2 deadenylases, Dhh1 decapping activator, and other PUF proteins. We found that the growth defect of puf5∆ mutant was enhanced by ccr4∆ mutation, which was partially suppressed by LRG1 deletion. Consistently, Lrg1 protein level was much more up-regulated in ccr4Δ puf5Δ double mutant than in each single mutant. Interestingly, LRG1 poly(A) tail length was longer in ccr4∆ mutant but not in puf5∆ mutant. Thus, Puf5 regulates LRG1 expression independently from Ccr4, although Puf5 recruits the Ccr4-Not deadenylase complex for mRNA destabilization. Unexpectedly, puf6Δ mutation suppressed the growth defect caused by ccr4Δ puf5∆ mutation. Loss of Rpl43a and Rpl43b ribosomal proteins, the previously identified Puf6 interactors, also suppressed the growth defect of ccr4Δ puf5Δ mutant. Our results suggest that Puf5 functions in the CWI pathway by regulating LRG1 expression in a deadenylase-independent manner, and that Puf6 is involved in the Ccr4- and Puf5-mediated regulation of cell growth through association with Rpl43.


Ccr4-Not complex; PUF family RNA-binding protein; RNA-binding protein; deadenylase; mRNA; poly(A) tail; yeast

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