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hRIP, a cellular cofactor for Rev function, promotes release of HIV RNAs from the perinuclear region

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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; Program in Molecular Medicine



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Animals; Base Sequence; COS Cells; Cell Line; Cell Nucleus; Cercopithecus aethiops; DNA, Complementary; Fluorescent Antibody Technique; Gene Products, rev; HIV-1; Hela Cells; Humans; In Situ Hybridization; Nuclear Pore Complex Proteins; Polymerase Chain Reaction; RNA, Small Interfering; RNA, Viral; RNA-Binding Proteins; Recombinant Proteins; Restriction Mapping; Transfection; rev Gene Products, Human Immunodeficiency Virus


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Human immunodeficiency virus Rev facilitates the cytoplasmic accumulation of viral RNAs that contain a Rev binding site. A human Rev-interacting protein (hRIP) was originally identified based on its ability to interact with the Rev nuclear export signal (NES) in yeast two-hybrid assays. To date, however, the function of hRIP and a role for hRIP in Rev-directed RNA export have remained elusive. Here we ablate hRIP activity with a dominant-negative mutant or RNA interference and analyze Rev function by RNA in situ hybridization. We find, unexpectedly, that in the absence of functional hRIP, Rev-directed RNAs mislocalize and aberrantly accumulate at the nuclear periphery, where hRIP is localized. In contrast, in the absence of Rev or the Rev cofactor CRM1, Rev-directed RNAs remain nuclear. We further show that the RNA mislocalization pattern resulting from loss of hRIP activity is highly specific to Rev function: the intracellular distribution of cellular poly(A)(+) mRNA, nuclear proteins, and, most important, NES-containing proteins, are unaffected. Thus, hRIP is an essential cellular Rev cofactor, which acts at a previously unanticipated step in HIV-1 RNA export: movement of RNAs from the nuclear periphery to the cytoplasm.

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Citation: Genes Dev. 2004 Jan 1;18(1):23-34. Epub 2003 Dec 30. Link to article on publisher's site

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Genes and development

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