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The activities of RNA-binding proteins are perturbed in several pathological conditions, including cancer. These proteins include tristetraprolin (TTP, ZFP36) and HuR (ELAVL1), which respectively promote the decay or stability of adenylate-uridylate-rich (AU-rich) mRNAs. Here, we demonstrated that increased stabilization and subsequent over-expression of(More)
The RNA-binding protein, HuR, is involved in the stabilization of AU-rich element-containing mRNAs with products that are involved in cell-cycle progression, cell differentiation and inflammation. We show that there are multiple polyadenylation variants of HuR mRNA that differ in their abundance, using both bioinformatics and experimental approaches. A(More)
CXCR4 is a chemokine receptor that is overexpressed in certain cancer types and involved in migration toward distant organs. The molecular mechanisms underlying CXCR4 expression in invasive cancer, particularly posttranscriptional regulation, are poorly understood. Here, we find that CXCR4 harbors AU-rich elements (AREs) in the 3'-untranslated region(More)
BACKGROUND The majority of the promoters, their regulatory elements, and their variations in the human genome remain unknown. Reporter gene technology for transcriptional activity is a widely used tool for the study of promoter structure, gene regulation, and signaling pathways. Construction of transcriptional reporter vectors, including use of cis-acting(More)
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