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Sci. STKE, 10 July 2001
Vol. 2001, Issue 90, p. tw4
[DOI: 10.1126/stke.2001.90.tw4]


Translation p27 Doesn't Need a Cap

In quiescent cells that have withdrawn from the cell cycle, protein translation is generally depressed by virtue of inhibition of the activity of the cap-dependent translation factor, eukaryotic initiation factor eIF4. One exception is the cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor p27, which has high rates of expression in quiescent cells. Through analysis of the translation of a reporter from a bicistronic mRNA containing the p27 5' untranslated region (UTR), Miskimins et al. show that p27 contains an internal ribosome entry sequence. In proliferating cells, the expression of an epitope-tagged p27 from the complete 5' UTR was low, but could be stimulated by treatment with a drug to induce withdrawal from the cell cycle. In cells expressing a construct lacking the complete 5' UTR, expression was high in both proliferating and quiescent cells. Thus, translation from the internal ribosome entry sequence can be regulated and provides a mechanism by which proteins can be differentially upregulated despite inhibition of cap-dependent translation.

W. K. Miskimins, G. Wang, M. Hawkinson, R. Miskimins, Control of cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor p27 expression by cap-independent translation. Mol. Cell. Biol. 21, 4960-4967 (2001). [Abstract] [Full Text]

Citation: p27 Doesn't Need a Cap. Sci. STKE 2001, tw4 (2001).

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