Barbara Neupert

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Iron regulates human transferrin receptor (hTR) expression by modulating the stability of cytoplasmic hTR mRNA. This regulation requires a distinct secondary structure in the mRNA 3' untranslated region. We identified a specific cytoplasmic factor that binds simultaneously to four homologous palindromes within the regulatory domain. Iron chelator induced(More)
Iron regulatory factor (IRF), also called iron responsive element-binding protein (IRE-BP), is a cytoplasmic RNA-binding protein which regulates post-transcriptionally transferrin receptor mRNA stability and ferritin mRNA translation. By using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and the sequence published by Rouault et al. (1990) a probe was derived which(More)
We describe a new procedure to identify RNA or DNA binding sites in proteins, based on a combination of UV cross-linking and single-hit chemical peptide cleavage. Site-directed mutagenesis is used to create a series of mutants with single Asn-Gly sequences in the protein to be analysed. Recombinant mutant proteins are incubated with their radiolabelled(More)
We describe a simple method for the affinity purification of specific RNA-binding proteins. DNA sequences corresponding to the protein-binding site of the RNA are subcloned into an in vitro transcription vector between the T7 viral promoter and a poly(A) track. A polyadenylated RNA transcript is bound to poly(U)-Sepharose and subsequently incubated with a(More)
The 52-nucleotide 5'-untranslated region of the human erythroid 5-aminolevulinate synthase mRNA contains a 28-nucleotide iron-responsive element-like stem-loop motif. We fused the 5'-untranslated region upstream to the coding sequence of the human growth hormone cDNA. A chimeric construct containing a mutated variant of the presumptive iron-responsive(More)
Cyclins are the essential regulatory subunits of cyclin-dependent protein kinases. They accumulate and disappear periodically at specific phases of the cell cycle. Here we investigated whether variations in cyclin mRNA levels in exponentially growing cells can be attributed to changes in mRNA stability. Mouse EL4 lymphoma cells and 3T3 fibroblasts were(More)
Recently we reported that the c-mos(rat) coding region is preceded by sequences (RIS) which repress accumulation of c-mos RNA in the cytoplasm. To investigate the effect of RIS on RNA transcription or processing a retroviral promoter was inserted at different positions relative to RIS. Cotransfection was used to establish cell lines with high copy number of(More)
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