Identification of an activity in B-cell extracts that selectively impairs the formation of an immunoglobulin mu s poly(A) site processing complex.


Journal Article

The immunoglobulin mu heavy-chain transcription unit is differentially expressed during B-cell development, producing mRNAs that encode secreted (mu s) and membrane-bound (mu m) forms of the heavy-chain polypeptide. Whereas the mu s mRNA and the mu m mRNA are produced in approximately equal abundance in B cells, an increase in the utilization of the mu s poly(A) site contributes to the production of the mu s mRNA as the predominant form in a plasma cell. Previous experiments have demonstrated a correlation between the formation of a stable complex on a poly(A) site and the relative function of the poly(A) site. We have thus investigated the parameters determining the interaction of these factors with the immunoglobulin poly(A) sites. Assays of complex formation involving the two immunoglobulin poly(A) sites by using HeLa cell activities revealed the formation of stable complexes with no apparent difference between the mu s site and the mu m site. In contrast, the mu s-specific complex was markedly less stable when a B-cell extract was used. Fractionation of B-cell extracts has revealed an activity that specifically destabilizes the mu s polyadenylation complex, suggesting that the function of this poly(A) site may be regulated by both positive- and negative-acting factors.

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Cited Authors

  • Yan, DH; Weiss, EA; Nevins, JR

Published Date

  • April 1995

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 1901 - 1906

PubMed ID

  • 7891683

Pubmed Central ID

  • 7891683

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1098-5549

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0270-7306

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1128/mcb.15.4.1901


  • eng