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Mol Gen Genet. 1998 Sep;259(4):404-13.

Isolation of an extragenic suppressor of the rna1-1 mutation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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Department of Microbiology, College of Natural Sciences, Seoul National University, Korea.


The small GTPase Ran is essential for nucleocytoplasmic transport of macromolecules. In the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Rna1p functions as a Ran-GTPase activating protein (RanGAP1). Strains carrying the rna1-1 mutation exhibit defects in nuclear transport and, as a consequence, accumulate precursor tRNAs. We have isolated two recessive suppressors of the rna1-1 mutation. Further characterization of one of the suppressor mutations, srn10-1, reveals that the mutation (i) can not bypass the need for Rna1p function and (ii) suppresses the accumulation of unspliced pre-tRNA caused by rna1-1. The SRN10 gene is not essential for cell viability and encodes an acidic protein (pI = 5.27) of 24.8 kDa. Srn10p is located in the cytoplasm, as determined by indirect immunofluorescence microscopy. Two-hybrid analysis reveals that there is a physical interaction between Srn10p and Rna1p in vivo. Our results identify a protein that interacts with the yeast RanGAP1.

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