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Title: The fragile X mental retardation protein in the regulation of neuronal mRNA translation and stability
Authors: Bagni, Claudia
De Rubeis, Silvia
Keywords: fragile X
mental retardation
neuron
synapses
Issue Date: 14-Jan-2010
Abstract: The Fragile X Syndrome is the most common cause of inherited mental retardation and is due to the absence of a single protein, the Fragile X Mental Retardation protein (FMRP). FMRP is an RNA-binding protein implicated in the regulation of mRNA transport, translation and stability in neurons. In the absence of FMRP, the expression of a large group of neuronal proteins is deregulated, resulting in impaired synaptic morphology and function. Here, we investigated two critical steps of the posttranscriptional control mediated by FMRP, namely mRNA translation and stability. The modulation of protein synthesis involves the Cytoplasmic FMRP Interacting Protein 1 (CYFIP1), which represses the translation of the mRNAs associated with FMRP. Evidences reported here show that CYFIP1 may be also involved in the transport of the mRNAs and in the interplay between translation and cytoskeleton remodeling. Besides the role in translation, FMRP regulates the decay of certain mRNA in neurons. In parti...
Description: 22. ciclo
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2108/1176
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