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Mol Cell Biol. 1995 Mar;15(3):1324-32.

Association of the vav proto-oncogene product with poly(rC)-specific RNA-binding proteins.

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Department of Molecular Biology, Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute, Princeton, New Jersey 08543-4000.


We have used the yeast two-hybrid system to isolate proteins that interact with the carboxy-terminal SH3-SH2-SH3 region of Vav. One of the clones encoded heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein K (hnRNP K), a poly(rC)-specific RNA-binding protein. The interaction between Vav and hnRNP K involves the binding of the most carboxy-terminal SH3 domain of Vav to two proline-rich sequences present in the central region of hnRNP K. Overexpression of Vav in mouse fibroblasts leads to the formation of a stable complex with the endogenous hnRNP K and to the preferential redistribution of this protein to the cytoplasmic fraction. More importantly, Vav and hnRNP K proteins also interact in hematopoietic cells. In addition, Vav associates in vitro with a second 45-kDa poly(rC)-specific RNA-binding protein via its SH3-SH2-SH3 region. These results suggest that Vav plays a role in the regulation of the late steps of RNA biogenesis by modulating the function of poly(rC)-specific ribonucleoproteins.

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