Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.495, No.1, 1022-1027, 2018
Rbfox family proteins make the homo- and hetero-oligomeric complexes
Rbfox family of proteins that consists of Rbfox1, Rbfox2, and Rbfox3 in mammals regulates alternative pre-mRNA splicing in various tissues via direct binding to their RNA binding element. Although many studies have indicated the splicing activity of each member of the Rbfox family, the interactions of Rbfox family proteins are largely unknown. Here, we have investigated interactions among Rbfox family proteins. Co-immunoprecipitation (Co-IP) and GST-pull down assays confirmed that Rbfox proteins form homo and hetero complexes. Moreover, in vivo crosslinking using disuccinimidyl suberate treatment indicated that the Rbfox proteins form a dimer which then assembles with other proteins to form a large multiprotein complex. Duolink in situ proximity ligation (PLA) assay revealed that neuron specific Rbfox3 protein interacts with other Rbfox family proteins. This study is the first to provide an evidence that Rbfox family proteins form homo- and hetero-oligomeric complexes in vivo. (C) 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.