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RNA-binding proteins switch gears to drive alternative splicing in neurons

Nature Structural & Molecular Biology volume 14, pages 577579 (2007) | Download Citation

A new study reveals that cells naturally switch from expressing one polypyrimidine tract–binding protein (PTB) to a highly similar family member, nPTB, during the development of neurons, and shows that PTB itself regulates this transition. Ensembles of coregulated exons simultaneously change their splicing patterns, suggesting that this phenomenon could potentially mediate widespread changes in proteins composed of modular functional domains, thus driving neuronal phenotypes or disfavoring non-neuronal ones.

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  1. Paula J. Grabowski is in the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, 4249 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15221, USA.  pag4@pitt.edu

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