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Mol Cell. 1998 May;1(6):863-72.

The Pumilio RNA-binding domain is also a translational regulator.

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Department of Genetics, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina 27710, USA.


Posterior patterning in the Drosophila embryo requires the action of Nanos (Nos) and Pumilio (Pum), which collaborate to regulate the translation of maternal hunchback (hb) mRNA. Previous work demonstrated that Pum recognizes sites in the 3' UTR of hb mRNA. In this report, we first define the RNA-binding domain of Pum and then show that residues essential for translational repression are embedded within this domain. We also show that Nos and Pum can repress cap-independent translation from an internal ribosome entry site (IRES) in vivo, suggesting that they act downstream of the initial steps of normal, cap-dependent translation.

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