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Isoforms of elongation factor eEF1A may be differently regulated at post-transcriptional level in breast cancer progression

DOI: 10.7124/bc.000806

Keywords: EEF1A1 , EEF1A2 , UTR , miRNA , breast cancer

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Abstract:

Eukaryotic translation elongation factor 1A exists as two 98 % homologous isoforms: eEF1A1 (A1) and eEF1A2 (A2) which are tissue and development specific. Despite high homology in an open reading frame (ORF) region, mRNAs coding for eEF1A1 and eEF1A2 are different in their untranslated regions (UTR), suggesting a possibility of their dissimilar post-transcriptional regulation. Aim. To analyze the existence of cis-acting motifs in the UTRs of EEF1A1/A2 mRNAs, to confirm the possibility of post-transcriptional control of eEF1A1 and eEF1A2 expression. Methods. An ensemble of bioinformatic methods was applied to predict regulatory motifs in the UTRs of EEF1A1/A2 mRNAs. Dual-luciferase reporter assay was employed to detect post-transcriptional regulation of eEF1A1/A2 expression. Results. Numerous regulatory motifs in the UTR of EEF1A1/A2 mRNAs were found bioinformatically. The experimental evidence was obtained for the existence of negative regulation of EEF1A1 and positive regulation of EEF1A2 mRNA in the model of breast cancer development. Conclusions. EEF1A1 and EEF1A2 mRNAs contain distinct motifs in the UTRs and are differently regulated in cancer suggesting the possibility of their control by different cellular signals.

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