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Overexpression of poly(A) binding protein prevents maturation-specific deadenylation and translational inactivation in Xenopus oocytes.

The translational regulation of maternal mRNAs is the primary mechanism by which stage-specific programs of protein synthesis are executed during early development. Translation of a variety of maternal mRNAs requires either the maintenance or cytoplasmic elongation of a 3' poly(A) tail. Conversely, deadenylation results in translational inactivation. Although its precise function remains to be elucidated, the highly conserved poly(A) binding protein I (PABP) mediates poly(A)-dependent events in translation initiation and mRNA stability. Xenopus oocytes contain less than one PABP per poly(A) binding site suggesting that the translation of maternal mRNAs could be either limited by or independent of PABP. In this report, we have analyzed the effects of overexpressing PABP on the regulation of mRNAs during Xenopus oocyte maturation. Increased levels of PABP prevent the maturation-specific deadenylation and translational inactivation of maternal mRNAS that lack cytoplasmic polyadenylation elements. Overexpression of PABP does not interfere with maturation-specific polyadenylation, but reduces the recruitment of some mRNAs onto polysomes. Deletion of the C-terminal basic region and a single RNP motif from PABP significantly reduces both its binding to polyadenylated RNA in vivo and its ability to prevent deadenylation. In contrast to a yeast PABP-dependent poly(A) nuclease, PABP inhibits Xenopus oocyte deadenylase in vitro. These results indicate that maturation-specific deadenylation in Xenopus oocytes is facilitated by a low level of PABP consistent with a primary function for PABP to confer poly(A) stability.[1]


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