화학공학소재연구정보센터
Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.528, No.1, 140-145, 2020
AtC3H18L is a stop-codon read-through gene and encodes a novel non-tandem CCCH zinc-finger protein that can form cytoplasmic foci similar to mRNP granules
The membraneless messenger ribonucleoprotein (mRNP) granules, including processing bodies (PBs) and stress granules (SGs), are important cytoplasmic structures in eukaryotes that can participate in gene expression through mRNA regulation. It has been verified that mRNP granules are mainly composed of proteins and translation-repressed mRNAs. Here, we reported a stop-codon read-through gene, At3g52980, in plants for the first time. At3g52980 encodes a novel non-tandem CCCH zinc-finger (non-TZF) protein named AtC3H18-Like (AtC3H18L), which contains two putative RNA-binding domains. By using transient expression system, we showed that heat treatment can induce the aggregation of diffuse distributed AtC3H18L to form cytoplasmic foci, which were similar to PBs and SGs in morphology. Further analysis did find that AtC3H18L can co-localize with markers of PB and SG. The aggregation of AtC3H18L was closely related to the cytoskeleton, and AtC3H18L-foci were highly dynamic and can move frequently along cytoskeleton. Moreover, analysis in transgenic plants showed that AtC3H18L was specifically expressed in pollen and can form cytoplasmic foci without heat treatment. It will be fascinating in future studies to discover whether and how AtC3H18L affects pollen development by participating in the assembly of mRNP granules as a protein component, especially under heat stress. (C) 2020 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.