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Poly(A)-independent regulation of maternal hunchback translation in the Drosophila embryo.

Development of the Drosophila abdomen requires repression of maternal hunchback (hb) mRNA translation in the posterior of the embryo. This regulation involves at least four components: nanos response elements within the hb 3' untranslated region and the activities of Pumilio (PUM), Nanos ( NOS), and Brain tumor. To study this regulation, we have developed an RNA injection assay that faithfully recapitulates the regulation of the endogenous hb message. Previous studies have suggested that NOS and PUM can regulate translation by directing poly(A) removal. We have found that RNAs that lack a poly(A) tail and cannot be polyadenylated and RNAs that contain translational activating sequences in place of the poly(A) tail are still repressed in the posterior. These data demonstrate that the poly(A) tail is not required for regulation and suggest that NOS and PUM can regulate hb translation by two mechanisms: removal of the poly(A) tail and a poly(A)-independent pathway that directly affects translation.[1]


  1. Poly(A)-independent regulation of maternal hunchback translation in the Drosophila embryo. Chagnovich, D., Lehmann, R. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. (2001) [Pubmed]
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