Separate domains of the Ran GTPase interact with different factors to regulate nuclear protein import and RNA processing.
The small Ras-related GTP binding and hydrolyzing protein Ran has been implicated in a variety of processes, including cell cycle progression, DNA synthesis, RNA processing, and nuclear-cytosolic trafficking of both RNA and proteins. Like other small GTPases, Ran appears to function as a switch: Ran-GTP and Ran-GDP levels are regulated both by guanine nucleotide exchange factors and GTPase activating proteins, and Ran-GTP and Ran-GDP interact differentially with one or more effectors. One such putative effector, Ran-binding protein 1 (RanBP1), interacts selectively with Ran-GTP. Ran proteins contain a diagnostic short, acidic, carboxyl-terminal domain, DEDDDL, which, at least in the case of human Ran, is required for its role in cell cycle regulation. We show here that this domain is required for the interaction between Ran and RanBP1 but not for the interaction between Ran and a Ran guanine nucleotide exchange factor or between Ran and a Ran GTPase activating protein. In addition, Ran lacking this carboxyl-terminal domain functions normally in an in vitro nuclear protein import assay. We also show that RanBP1 interacts with the mammalian homolog of yeast protein RNA1, a protein involved in RNA transport and processing. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that Ran functions directly in at least two pathways, one, dependent on RanBP1, that affects cell cycle progression and RNA export, and another, independent of RanBP1, that affects nuclear protein import.
Ren, M; Villamarin, A; Shih, A; Coutavas, E; Moore, MS; LoCurcio, M; Clarke, V; Oppenheim, JD; D'Eustachio, P; Rush, MG
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