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FEBS Lett. 1998 Aug 21;433(3):185-90.

Cse1p functions as the nuclear export receptor for importin alpha in yeast.

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Biochemie-Zentrum Heidelberg, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Germany.


CSE1 is essential for yeast cell viability and has been implicated in chromosome segregation. Based on its sequence similarity, Cse1p has been grouped into the family of importin beta-like nucleocytoplasmic transport receptors with highest homology to the recently identified human nuclear export receptor for importin alpha, CAS. We demonstrate here that Cse1p physically interacts with yeast Ran and yeast importin alpha (Srp1p) in the yeast two-hybrid system and that recombinant Cse1p, Srp1p and Ran-GTP form a trimeric complex in vitro. Re-export of Srp1p from the nucleus into the cytoplasm and nuclear uptake of a reporter protein containing a classical NLS are inhibited in a cse1 mutant strain. These findings suggest that Cse1p is the exportin of importin alpha in yeast.

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