Ribonomic analysis of human DZIP1 reveals its involvement in ribonucleoprotein complexes and stress granules
© Shigunov et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2014
Received: 12 March 2014
Accepted: 19 June 2014
Published: 3 July 2014
DZIP1 (DAZ-interacting protein 1) has been described as a component of the Hh signaling pathway with a putative regulatory role in ciliogenesis. DZIP1 interacts with DAZ RNA binding proteins in embryonic stem cells and human germ cells suggesting a role in mRNA regulation.
We investigated DZIP1 function in HeLa cells and its involvement in ribonucleoprotein complexes. DZIP1 was predominantly located in granules in the cytoplasm. Under oxidative stress conditions, DZIP1 re-localized to stress granules. DZIP appears to be important for the formation of stress granules during the stress response. We used immunoprecipitation assays with antibodies against DZIP1 and microarray hybridization to identify mRNAs associated with DZIP1. The genetic networks formed by the DZIP1-associated mRNAs were involved in cell cycle and gene expression regulation. DZIP1 is involved in the Hedgehog signaling pathway. We used cyclopamine, a specific inhibitor of this pathway, to analyze the expression of DZIP1 and its associated mRNAs. The abundance of DZIP1-associated mRNAs increased with treatment; however, the silencing or overexpression of DZIP1 in HeLa cells had no effect on the accumulation of the associated mRNAs. Polysomal profile analysis by sucrose gradient centrifugation demonstrated the presence of DZIP1 in the polysomal fraction.
Our results suggest that DZIP1 is part of an RNP complex that occupies various subcellular locations. The diversity of the mRNAs associated with DZIP1 suggests that this protein is a component of different RNPs associated with translating polysomes and with RNA granules.
KeywordsDZIP1 Ribonucleoprotein Stress granules Polysome Hedgehog signaling
The zebrafish iguana gene, also referred to as DZIP1 (DAZ-interacting protein 1), has three protein isoforms, each with a single C2H2 zinc finger domain but no other defined domain . The biological role of DZIP1 is still not clearly defined and it has been reported to be involved in the regulation of various molecular processes. The DZIP1 protein is a component of the Hedgehog (Hh) signaling pathway and has a putative regulatory role in Hh signaling and ciliogenesis [2–6]. The Hh signaling pathway is involved in many processes during embryonic development and remains active in adults, where it controls cell growth, survival and fate . The principal mediators of the transcriptional response to Hh are members of the zinc finger-containing GLI protein family . In vertebrates, Gli processing requires an intact primary cilium, which is a microtubule-based organelle on the cell surface. The integrity of the primary cilium is essential for mammalian Hh signaling . DZIP1 regulates Gli turnover through stabilizing Speckle-type POZ protein (Spop) independent of its role in ciliogenesis [5, 10]. DZIP1 is located at the basal body of the primary cilium [2, 3]. Kim et al. (2010) suggested that DZIP1 may be an essential component of a protein complex involved in the biogenesis of the primary cilium.
Human DZIP1 associates with the RNA-binding protein DAZ in embryonic stem cells and germ cells, which led to the suggestion that it is involved in mRNA regulation . The proteins of the DAZ family (DAZ, DAZ-like and BOULE) activate the translation of particular mRNAs in metazoan germ cells [11–14] by interacting with the poly(A)-binding protein (PABP) . It has also been suggested that proteins of the DAZ family transport target transcripts to RNA granules . Moreover, DAZL is an essential component of stress granules, which prevent male germ cells from undergoing apoptosis in conditions of heat stress . Thus, DZIP1 may be a component of ribonucleoprotein (RNP) complexes.
We show here that DZIP1 is located predominantly in granules in the cytoplasm and that it is a component of ribonucleoprotein complexes in HeLa cells. We also found that DZIP1 is associated with polysomes and colocalizes with TIA-1 in stress granules, but not with p-bodies, suggesting a role in the localization of mRNAs within the body of the cell. Ribonomic analysis of associated mRNAs identified networks of genes involved principally in cell cycle regulation and gene expression. Our results suggest that DZIP1 is part of an RNA localization complex involved in regulating the cellular trafficking of a defined subpopulation of mRNAs.
DZIP1 is present predominantly in the cytoplasm of HeLa cells
Zebrafish Iguana proteins (DZIP1 and DZIP1L) are located at the basal body of primary cilia . The human DZIP1 protein has also been reported to be present in the basal body of hTERT-RPE1 cells (epithelial cells immortalized with hTERT) . We therefore investigated the distribution of GFP-tagged DZIP1 in hTERT-RPE1 cells, using an anti-acetylated tubulin antibody to visualize the primary cilium  (Figure 1J-O). Although the vast majority of DZIP1 signal is restricted to foci distributed throughout the cytoplasm (Figure 1J-O), we cannot discard that at least a small fraction of the protein might localize to the base of the cilium (Figure 1M-O, arrows). We obtained similar results with the YFP construct, but the signal was less intense (see Additional file 1: Figure S1M-O). The combination of diffuse and granular patterns of DZIP1 staining in the cytoplasm suggests that at least some of the protein is present in high molecular weight protein complexes. We used fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP) assays to determine the mobile/immobile fraction of GFP-tagged DZIP1. The mean mobile fraction was 0.64 (±0.19) and the immobile fraction was 0.36 (±0.19) (see Additional file 1: Figure S1P-S). The immobile fraction was larger than this mean value if photobleaching was carried out close to the nucleus (data not shown). These findings indicate that the DZIP1 protein is partitioned between soluble and insoluble forms.
DZIP1 is recruited to stress granules in cells subjected to oxidative stress
DZIP1 is a component of ribonucleoprotein complexes and is associated with a particular subpopulation of mRNAs
We also transfected Hela cells with a plasmid encoding GFP-tagged DZIP1 (see Additional file 4: Figure S3A) and carried out immunoprecipitation assays with an anti-GFP antibody. We used cells transfected with pGFP alone as a negative control. We reverse transcribed the mRNAs associated with the immunoprecipitated GFP-tagged DZIP1 and analyzed the same 12 microarray-positive candidate genes by quantitative PCR all of them being enriched in this fraction (Figure 3D).
Molecular and cellular functions associated with DZIP1 targets
Nucleic acid binding
Transcription regulator activity
Molecular transducer activity
Structural molecule activity
Associated network functions b
No. of molecules
3.07E-12 - 4.89E-02
1.22E-10 - 4.65E-02
1.35E-10 - 2.95E-02
DNA replication, recombination, and repair
1.06E-09 - 3.61E-02
RNA posttranscriptional modification
7.52E-09 - 1.65E-02
DZIP1 contains a single C2H2 zinc finger domain. Zinc finger proteins are generally thought of as DNA-binding transcription factors. However, some classes of zinc finger proteins, including the common C2H2 zinc fingers, function as RNA-binding proteins . We used EMSA to investigate the ability of DZIP1 to interact directly with RNAs. We produced a Myc-tagged protein in 293T cells and purified this protein by affinity chromatography (see Additional file 4: Figure S3B). We subsequently used this recombinant protein in EMSA with four homoribopolymer probes. Under the conditions used, DZIP1 did not interact robustly with the RNA probes, even in the most permissive condition tested (see Additional file 4: Figure S3C). These results suggest that DZIP1 is associated with an RNA binding protein which is associated directly with the mRNA population.
The expression of DZIP1 and its mRNAs targets is affected by inhibition of the Hh pathway
We investigated the abundance of DZIP1 and GLI1 transcripts and that of two DZIP1-associated mRNAs (BRD8 and PTCH1) after treatment with cyclopamine for 24, 48 or 72 hours. Blockade of the Hh pathway prevented the accumulation of the DZIP1 and GLI1 transcripts (Figure 4E-F). This treatment also promoted the accumulation of PTCH1 and BRD8 transcripts (Figure 4G-H). The high abundance of PTCH1 and BRD8 mRNA may be a direct effect of blocking the Hh pathway or may be due to an impairment in DZIP1 expression.
Knockdown of DZIP1 expression affects cell proliferation
Kikuyama et al. (2012) recently described DZIP1 as a putative tumor suppressor gene. Indeed, DZIP1- knockdown in breast cancer cell lines promotes cell growth. We assessed the putative role for DZIP1 in the control of cell proliferation by evaluating the effect of DZIP1 knockdown on the proliferation of HeLa cells. Growth curves showed that the knockdown population contained a higher number of dividing cells than the control population, as previously reported for tumor cells (see Additional file 6: Figure S5F).
DZIP1 knockdown and overexpression do not affect the accumulation or stability of mRNAs associated with DZIP1-containing complexes but modify the quantity of stress granules per cell
RNP complexes control the fate of bound mRNAs by regulating their stability, translation or subcellular localization . We evaluated the abundance of IFT80, SNX2, BRD8 and PATCH1 mRNA in DZIP1-knockdown cells. We used GLI1 mRNA as a non-target control. There was no statistical difference in the abundance of any of these mRNA (IFT80, SNX2, PATCH1, BRD8 and GLI1) between knockdown and control cells, although knockdown cells tended to have higher levels of these transcripts than control cells (Figure 5C).
We next examined the relationship between the amount of DZIP1 and the accumulation of associated mRNAs in DZIP1-containing complexes in cells overexpressing DZIP1-GFP. We found that the abundance of the DZIP1-associated mRNAs IFT80, SNX2, BRD8, and PTCH1 and the control mRNA GLI1 were unaffected by the strong overexpression of DZIP1 (Figure 5D).
We sought to investigate the potential role of DZIP1 in the regulation of the stability of the mRNA targets of RNP complexes; therefore, we used quantitative RT-PCR to determine the half-lives of mRNAs associated with DZIP1 in cells treated with actinomycin D. We transfected cells with siDZIP1 or siNC1 and treated them with the transcriptional inhibitor (10 μg/ml actinomycin D) for 0, 1, 2 or 4 hours at 72 hours after transfection. We used quantitative RT-PCR to determine the mean relative mRNA levels at each time point after the addition of Act D, and plotted these values to calculate the half-life of BRD8, IFT80, SNX2 and PTCH1 mRNA. There was no significant difference in the half-lives of these four DZIP1-associated mRNAs between DZIP1-knockdown cells and control cells (Figure 5E, see Additional file 7: Figure S6). We counted the number of stress granules per cell after 72 hours of transfection in DZIP1-knockdown cells grown in oxidative stress conditions, using TIA1 as a stress granule marker. The number of stress granules per cell was significantly lower in the DZIP1-knockdown cells than in the control (siNC1) cells (Figure 5F, see Additional file 6: Figure S5G). These results indicate that DZIP1 participates in the formation of stress granules upon oxidative stress.
DZIP1 is associated with polysomes
In this study, we found that DZIP1 was present mostly in the cytoplasm of HeLa cells and that this subcellular distribution was modified by external stimuli. Ribonomic analysis showed that DZIP1 was present in RNP complexes and was associated with a population of mRNAs involved principally in cell cycle regulation and the response to Hedgehog signaling.
Human DZIP1 and DZIPL are required for the formation of primary cilia . DZIP1 is located at the basal body of cilia and its knockdown impairs ciliogenesis . Cilia are necessary for Hh signaling in vertebrates . Several Hedgehog signaling components are located at cilia in vertebrates, including the Patched and Smoothened transmembrane proteins  and Gli transcription factors . These observations led to the suggestion that DZIP1 is involved in regulating the biogenesis of primary cilia and that its role in Hh signaling is related to its specific location in this cellular structure. Our data do not exclude the possibility that DZIP1 is present in the basal body of primary cilia, but we found that DZIP1 was present throughout the cytoplasm and, to a certain extent, in the nuclear compartment. Moreover, half of the protein appeared to be immobilized in granular structures, suggesting that this protein is a component of macromolecular complexes. This observation is consistent with the original report by Moore et al. (2004), who also observed DZIP1 in the cytoplasm of germ cells and reported that its translocation to the nucleus was dependent on its PKA-regulated phosphorylation .
In situ hybridization has shown that the abundance of Patched is low in zebrafish DZIP1 mutants . Here, qRT-PCR revealed that DZIP1 knockdown did not affect Patched mRNA levels in HeLa cells. This can be explained by the different technique used to reduce the expression of DZIP1 (knockout vs. knockdown), because some residual expression will be present after gene knockdown. Alternatively, this discrepancy may be due to the different techniques used for the detection of mRNAs. Wang et al. (2013) showed that Cep164 protein fails to localize to ciliary appendages in DZIP1 mutant cells. Interestingly, we found that Cep164 mRNA (fold change +4.3) is regulated by a complex containing DZIP1 (Additional file 3: Table S1). DZIP1 regulates both ciliogenesis and the sequestration of Gli3 in the cytoplasm. These dual functions appear to be independent of each other and unique to DZIP1 . Here we propose a third function of DZIP1 and show that DZIP1 is present in protein complexes involved in the regulation of mRNAs. Many aspects of the RNA regulon model  are reflected in the results presented here. Posttranscriptional regulation involves multifunctional proteins, which form ribonucleoprotein complexes that are assembled in a combinatorial manner. A single protein or mRNA may, therefore, be involved in several RNA regulons. Our ribonomic analysis showed that DZIP1 was associated with a vast subpopulation of mRNAs. These transcripts mostly encoded proteins involved in the control of the cell cycle and gene expression. DZIP1 has recently been identified as a putative tumor suppressor involved in controlling cell proliferation . DZIP1 is also involved in the regulation of Hedgehog signaling, a pathway activated in several types of human cancers . Thus, the stimulation of cell growth that we observed following DZIP1 knockdown may reflect the derepression of the mRNA targets of DZIP1-containing regulatory RNP complexes. Interestingly, we found that several transcripts involved in the Hh response and in the biogenesis of primary cilia were associated with DZIP1. Various authors have suggested that DZIP1 plays an essential role in regulating ciliogenesis and is a structural component of the primary cilium [2, 3]. We demonstrated that the activation state of the Hh signaling pathway determines the abundance of DZIP1 and its cellular distribution. Thus, DZIP1 may be indirectly involved in the formation of cilia and in Hh signaling, by influencing the fate of transcripts encoding various components of the two pathways.
The stability and translation of the identified transcripts also seemed to be unaffected by changes in the abundance of DZIP1. However, DZIP1 was clearly associated with polysomes. RNP complexes can also regulate the fate of target mRNAs by determining their distribution in specific foci in the cytoplasm, enhancing their translation or controlling their degradation . The granular pattern of DZIP1 labeling was abolished by blockade of the Hh pathway. Moreover, DZIP1 was mobilized to RNA stress granules in response to heat or oxidative stress. DAZ family proteins (which interact with DZIP1) have also been reported to be associated with RNA granules during the stress response . Knockdown of DZIP1 reduced the number of stress granules after oxidative stress. This suggests that DZIP1 is needed for the assembly of these RNA granules though it may be not a core component of them.
According to the RNA regulon model, the protein and mRNA contents of RNPs are dynamic, and vary in response to changing cellular conditions. It would therefore be of interest to determine the protein composition of these RNPs and to investigate how the stability, distribution and translation of DZIP1-target mRNAs change in response to cell stress. In addition, it is still unclear whether DZIP1 is essential for the formation of stress granules and the proteins that interact with DZIP1 in various conditions (normal, oxidative stress, blockade or activation of Hh signaling) remain to be determined.
Our results suggest that DZIP1 is part of an RNP complex that occupies various subcellular locations. We propose a model in which DZIP1 interacts with various RNA-binding proteins, and moves from the nucleus through the cytoplasm where it binds to polysomes or storage/degradation complexes. DZIP appears to be important for the formation of stress granules during the stress response. The diversity of the mRNAs associated with DZIP1 suggests that this protein is a component of different RNPs associated with translating polysomes and with RNA granules.
All DZIP1 constructs were derived from human DZIP1 Ultimate™ ORF Clone -IOH27736 (Invitrogen). Bacterial expression constructs and DZIP1 mammalian expression plasmids (pEGFP, pEYFP and pSECTAG2B – Invitrogen) were constructed by PCR amplification and standard cloning methods. Cloning details are available on request.
Cell culture, transfection and treatments
HeLa cells were maintained in RPMI-1640 medium supplemented with 10% heat-inactivated FCS, 100 U/ml penicillin and 100 U/ml streptomycin, at 37°C under a humidified atmosphere containing 5% CO2. The Nucleofector® kit, program I-013, was used to transfect 106 cells with 5 μg plasmid DNA in 100 μl Opti-MEM® (Invitrogen). The Hh pathway was inhibited by incubating cultures with 300 nM cyclopamine for 24 h, after which RNA was extracted from the cells. Oxidative stress was induced by incubating the cells with 0.5 or 2.0 mM sodium arsenite (Sigma-Aldrich) for 10 minutes. Cold shock was performed by incubating the cells at 20°C and monitored for 30 minutes.
Measurement of mRNA half-life
We assessed mRNA stability by adding actinomycin D (Sigma, cat #A-9415) to the medium at a concentration of 10 mg/ml to block transcription. Cells were harvested 0, 1, 2 and 4 h after the addition of actinomycin D. Total RNA was isolated and its concentration determined. First strand cDNA was synthesized from 1 μg of total RNA (DNase-treated). The mean relative amount of cDNA determined by quantitative RT-PCR at each time point after the addition of Act D was used to estimate the half-life of the transcript (t1/2) from a first-order decay model based on the equation, γ = β0 eβ1t + ϵ, where γ is the mean relative amount of mRNA at time t after the addition of Act D, β0 is the initial amount, β1 is a decay parameter related to half-life (t1/2 = ±ln2/ β1) and e is an error term [29, 30].
Immunofluorescence and FRAP (fluorescence recovery after photobleaching)
Cells seeded on glass coverslips were fixed in 4% formaldehyde solution for 10 minutes and washed with PBS. They were then permeabilized with 0.5% Triton X-100 in PBS for 30 min. Nonspecific binding sites were blocked with 5% BSA for 1 h, and the cells were then incubated for 1 h at 37°C with primary antibodies diluted in PBS containing 1% BSA at the following dilutions: anti-DZIP1 antibody (rabbit polyclonal, Santa Cruz Biotechnology) 1:30, anti-acetylated tubulin antibody (mouse monoclonal, Sigma) 1:1000, anti-DCP1a antibody (mouse monoclonal, Santa Cruz Biotechnology) 1:30, and anti-TIA1 antibody (goat polyclonal Santa Cruz Biotechnology) 1:50. The cells were incubated for 1 h at 37°C with secondary antibodies used at the following dilutions: anti-rabbit Alexa Fluor 488 (donkey) or anti-rabbit Alexa Fluor 546 (goat) both 1:500, anti-mouse rhodamine (goat) 1:1000, anti-mouse Alexa Fluor 594 (goat) both 1:500, or anti-goat Alexa Fluor 546 (donkey) 1:500. Cell nuclei were stained with DAPI. Images were obtained with a Nikon E-600 microscope or with a Leica SP5 laser scanning confocal microscope. The fluorescence intensity of green and red channels was used to qualify colocalization. The fluorescence intensity in each channel on selected regions of merged images was displayed as a histogram. Equivalent intensities in green and red channels correspond to signal colocalization.
For the assessment of the number of stress granules, DZIP1 knockdown cells and control (NC1) cells were subjected to oxidative stress and the formation of stress granules was determined by the localization of TIA1. The granules were counted manually with the aid of ImageJ software and analyzed statistically. At least five randomly selected fields per coverslips (technical triplicates) were counted. FRAP experiments were performed on a Leica SP5 confocal microscope with a 100×/1.3 NA oil-immersion objective and a 40 mW argon laser. Cells were imaged in LabTek II chambers (Nalgene) in vivo. Recovery data were binned logarithmically, generating a relatively uniform spacing of points along the FRAP curve, so as not to bias one phase of the curve when fitting the FRAP model .
Extraction of total RNA and quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction
RNA was extracted with the RNeasy mini kit (Qiagen). RT-PCR and quantitative RT-PCR were performed as described previously . For a list of the primers used, see supporting Additional file 8: Table S2. GAPDH was used as an internal control. Experiments were performed with technical triplicates. Student’s t test was used to assess the significance of differences between the cell populations analyzed. P-values ≤ 0.05 were considered to be statistically significant.
Protein extracts were obtained as described previously . The rabbit anti-hDZIP1 antibody (1:200; Santa Cruz Biotechnology, CA, USA), rabbit anti-GFP (1:1000; Novus Biologicals), rabbit anti-GAPDH (1:200; Cell Signaling Technology) and mouse anti-SNX2 (1:1000; BD Bioscience) antibodies were used. Western blots were probed with anti-mouse and anti-rabbit dy680 secondary antibodies, and were then scanned and analyzed with the Odyssey infrared imaging system (Li-Cor Biosciences, Bad Homburg, Germany).
Immunoprecipitation (IP) reactions were performed as described by Shigunov et al. (2012). For IP assays, we used 2 μg of anti-DZIP1 antibody (rabbit polyclonal, Santa Cruz Biotechnology, CA, USA) or 2 μg of anti-GFP antibody (NB600-308, rabbit polyclonal, Novus Biologicals, CO, USA) bound to protein A-agarose beads (Sigma, Deisenhofen, Germany) in three independent assays. HeLa cells were lysed in polysome lysis buffer (15 mM Tris–HCl pH 7.4, 15 mM MgCl2, 0.3 M NaCl, 1% Triton X-100, 1 mM DTT, 100 U/ml RNase Out, 1 mM PMSF and 10 μM E64) for 1 h at 4°C. The beads were washed, buffer and cell lysate were added, and the reaction mixtures were rotated vertically for 2 h at 4°C. The beads were then thoroughly washed again with polysome lysis buffer and then either boiled in denaturing buffer for western blots or used for RNA extraction for microarray and quantitative RT-PCR experiments. Identical IP experiments were performed with beads precoated with rabbit IgG as a negative control or with anti-GFP antibody for HeLa cells transfected only with pGFP.
RNA was processed for hybridization with GeneChip 3′ IVT Express (Affymetrix - Santa Clara, USA), in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Briefly, cDNA was synthesized from immunoprecipitated RNA by reverse transcription, followed by second-strand synthesis to generate double-stranded cDNA. An in vitro transcription reaction was used to generate biotinylated cRNA. The cRNA was purified and fragmented, and then hybridized onto GeneChip Affymetrix Human Genome U133 Plus 2.0 arrays. Post hybridization washes were performed with an Affymetrix GeneChip® Fluidics Station 450. Arrays were scanned on an Affymetrix GeneChip® Scanner 3000. Scanned arrays were normalized with the GCRMA in Partek software (Partek Incorporated. St. Louis, MO). Signal intensity ratios were calculated and a list of genes displaying a fold-change in abundance (IP-DZIP1/IP-negative) of at least 2.0 was generated. The list obtained was used as an input for Ingenuity pathway analysis (IPA), to determine the functional relationships between the mRNA enriched in DZIP1 immunoprecipitations. All microarray data were submitted to the GEO database and can be found under accession number GSE28882.
RNA interference assays
The chemically synthesized dsRNA sequences for the Dicer-substrate 27-mers used in this study were synthesized and purified by HPLC (Integrated DNA Technologies, Coralville, IA). The non silencing dsRNA controls (NC1) included 27mers (Integrated DNA Technologies). Transfections were performed in 6-well plates, with Lipofectamine™2000 reagent (Invitrogen) used to deliver dsRNA into HeLa cells, in accordance with the manufacturer’s protocol. The final concentration of three DZIP1-specific dicer-substrate dsRNA mixtures and of the NC1 dsRNA was 1 nM and the lipid concentration was 5 μl/ml of medium. We determined the abundance of mRNA 24–72 h after transfection.
Sucrose gradient analysis
Cells were then treated with 100 μg/ml cycloheximide for 10 min at 37°C followed by two washes on ice with cold PBS containing 100 μg/ml cycloheximide. Lysates were prepared, and gradient separation and fractionation were performed as described previously . Cell lysis was performed for 10 minutes on ice with polysome buffer (15 mM Tris- Hcl pH 7.4, 1% triton x100, 15 mM MgCl2, 0.3M NaCl, 0.1 μg/ml cycloheximide, 1 mg/ml heparin). Then, the cell lysate was centrifuged for 12000 g for 10 minutes at 4°C. Lysate supernatant was carefully isolated and seeded onto 10% to 50% sucrose gradients and centrifuged at 39000 rpm sw40 rotor (HIMAC CP80WX HITACHI) for 160 minutes at 4°C. The sucrose gradient was fractionated with the ISCO gradient fractionation system (ISCO Model 160 Gradient former) connected to a UV detector to monitor absorbance at 254 nm and to record the polysome profile.
Cells were then treated with 2 mM puromycin for 2 hours at 37°C followed by two washes on ice with cold PBS. Cells were lysed in buffer containing: 15 mM Tris- Hcl pH 7.4, 1% Triton x100, 15 mM MgCl2, 0.3M NaCl, 1 mg/ml heparin, 2 mM puromycin. The lysate was incubated on ice for 10 min and subunits were then separated at 37°C for 20 min. Gradient separation and fractionation were performed as described for cycloheximide treatment.
Supplementary Data are available online: Additional file 3: Table S1 and Additional file 8: Table S2, Additional file 1: Figure S1, Additional file 2: Figure S2, Additional file 4: Figure S3, Additional file 5: Figure S4, Additional file 6: Figure S5, Additional file 7: Figure S6.
We thank Carlos A. Palacios for generously providing expression plasmids and Eloise Pavão Guerra-Slompo for generously providing TcRBP40 protein. We thank Giullia Milano, Bruna H. Marcon and Ana Carolina Origa Alves for technical assistance.
This work was supported by grants from the Ministério da Saúde and Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Cientifico e Tecnológico — CNPq (CT- Saúde/MS/SCTIE/DECIT/MCT/CNPq No. 17/2008), Fundação Araucária and FIOCRUZ. This project was funded in part with federal funds from the National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Health, under the contract HSN261200800001E. The content of this article does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does it mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations endorsed by the U.S. Government. B.D. received fellowships from CNPq and P.S. from CAPES.
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