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Loss of the RNA-binding protein FMRP (fragile X mental retardation protein) leads to fragile X syndrome, the most common form of inherited mental retardation. Although some of the messenger RNA targets of this protein, including FMR1, have been ascertained, many have yet to be identified. We have found that Xenopus elongation factor 1A (EF-1A) mRNA binds(More)
The fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP) contains three RNA binding domains, two of which the KH2 domain and the C-terminal arginine-glycine-rich (RG-rich) region participate in RNA binding. Because fragile X syndrome is the leading cause of inherited mental retardation, there has been an intensive search for the messenger RNA (mRNA) targets that(More)
The Fragile X protein FMRP is an RNA binding protein whose targets are not well known; yet, these RNAs may play an integral role in the disease's etiology. Using a biotinylated-FMRP affinity resin, we isolated RNAs from the parietal cortex of a normal adult that bound FMRP. These RNAs were amplified by differential display (DDRT-PCR) and cloned and their(More)
FMRP, the fragile X mental retardation protein, is an RNA-binding protein that interacts with approximately 4% of fetal brain mRNA. We have recently shown that a methyltransferase (MT) co-translationally methylates FMRP in vitro and that methylation modulates the ability of FMRP to bind mRNA. Here, we recapitulate these in vitro data in vivo, demonstrating(More)
Exon 15 of the fragile X mental retardation protein gene (FMR1) is alternatively spliced into three variants. The amino acids encoded by the 5' end of the exon contain several regulatory determinants including phosphorylation sites and a potential conformational switch. Residues encoded by the 3' end of the exon specify FMRP's RGG box, an RNA binding domain(More)
Mutations in the HSD17B10 gene were identified in two previously described mentally retarded males. A point mutation c.776G>C was found from a survivor (SV), whereas a potent mutation, c.419C>T, was identified in another deceased case (SF) with undetectable hydroxysteroid (17beta) dehydrogenase 10 (HSD10) activity. Protein levels of mutant HSD10(R130C) in(More)
The effects of cadmium, copper, and zinc on beta APP metabolism were investigated in COS-7 and PC12 cells. Cadmium chloride (CdCl2) increased beta APP steady-state protein levels and decreased beta APP posttranslational processing. These changes were not accompanied by alterations in beta APP mRNA levels or splicing. In addition, cytosolic alpha-actin and(More)
Translational control at the synapse is thought to be a key determinant of neuronal plasticity. How is such control implemented? We report that small untranslated BC1 RNA is a specific effector of translational control both in vitro and in vivo. BC1 RNA, expressed in neurons and germ cells, inhibits a rate-limiting step in the assembly of translation(More)