The world's first wiki where authorship really matters (Nature Genetics, 2008). Due credit and reputation for authors. Imagine a global collaborative knowledge base for original thoughts. Search thousands of articles and collaborate with scientists around the globe.

wikigene or wiki gene protein drug chemical gene disease author authorship tracking collaborative publishing evolutionary knowledge reputation system wiki2.0 global collaboration genes proteins drugs chemicals diseases compound
Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Post-translational modifications in the survival motor neuron protein.

Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is an autosomal recessive disease characterized by a progressive loss of the spinal motoneurons. The SMA-determining gene has been termed survival motor neuron ( SMN) and is deleted or mutated in over 98% of patients. The encoded gene product is a protein expressed as different isoforms. In particular, we showed that the rat SMN cDNA produces two isoforms with M(r) of 32 and 35kDa, both localized in nuclear coiled bodies, but the 32kDa form is also cytoplasmic, whereas the 35kDa form is also microsomal. To determine the molecular relationship between these two isoforms and potential post-translational modifications, we performed transfection experiments with a double-tagged rat SMN. Immunoblot and immunostaining studies demonstrated that the 32kDa SMN isoform derives from the full length 35kDa, through a proteolytic cleavage at the C-terminal. Furthermore, the 35kDa SMN isoform is physiologically phosphorylated in vivo. This may modulate its interaction with molecular partners, either proteins or nucleic acids.[1]


  1. Post-translational modifications in the survival motor neuron protein. La Bella, V., Kallenbach, S., Pettmann, B. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. (2004) [Pubmed]
WikiGenes - Universities