The mRNA transportome of the BicD / Egl transport machinery

Vazquez Pianzola, Maria Paula; Schaller, Bogdan; Colombo, Martino; Beuchle, Dirk; Neuenschwander, Samuel; Marcil, Anne; Bruggmann, Rémy; Suter, Beat (2017). The mRNA transportome of the BicD / Egl transport machinery. RNA biology, 14(1), pp. 73-89. Taylor and Francis 10.1080/15476286.2016.1251542

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Messenger RNA (mRNA) transport focuses the expression of encoded proteins to specific regions within cells providing them with the means to assume specific functions and even identities. BicD and the mRNA binding protein Egl interact with the microtubule motor dynein to localize mRNAs in Drosophila. Because relatively few mRNA cargos were known, we isolated and identified Egl::GFP associated mRNAs. The top candidates were validated by qPCR, in situ hybridization and genetically by showing that their localization requires BicD. In young embryos these Egl target mRNAs are preferentially localized apically, between the plasma membrane and the blastoderm nuclei, but also in the pole plasm at the posterior pole. Egl targets expressed in the ovary were mostly enriched in the oocyte and some were apically localized in follicle cells. The identification of a large group of novel mRNAs associated with BicD/Egl points to several novel developmental and physiological functions of this dynein dependent localization machinery. The verified dataset also allowed us to develop a tool that predicts conserved A'-form-like stem loops that serve as localization elements in 3'UTRs.

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08 Faculty of Science > Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences (DCBP)
08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Cell Biology
08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

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Vazquez Pianzola, Maria Paula, Colombo, Martino, Beuchle, Dirk, Neuenschwander, Samuel, Bruggmann, Rémy, Suter, Beat (A)


500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
500 Science > 540 Chemistry




Taylor and Francis


[4] Swiss National Science Foundation ; [80] Kanton Bern




Beat Suter

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23 Jan 2017 14:52

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