The yeast nuclear envelope protein NSP1 is located at the nuclear pores and mediates its essential function via the carboxy-terminal domain. The passenger protein, cytosolic dihydrofolate reductase from mouse, was fused to the 220 residue long NSP1 carboxy-terminal domain. When expressed in yeast, this chimeric protein was tightly associated with nuclear structures and was localized at the nuclear periphery very similar to authentic NSP1. Furthermore, the DHFR-C-NSP1 fusion protein was able to complement a yeast mutant lacking a functional NSP1 gene showing that DHFR-C-NSP1 fulfils the same basic function as compared to the endogenous NSP1 protein. These data also show that the NSP1 protein is composed of separate functional moieties: a carboxy-terminal domain that is sufficient to mediate the association with the nuclear periphery and an amino-terminal and middle repetitive domain with an as yet unknown function. It is suggested that heptad repeats found in the NSP1 carboxy-terminal domain, which are similar to those found in intermediate filament proteins, are crucial for mediating the association with the nuclear pores.
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Article| December 01 1990
Targeting of a cytosolic protein to the nuclear periphery.
E C Hurt
European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, Federal Republic of Germany.
Online Issn: 1540-8140
Print Issn: 0021-9525
J Cell Biol (1990) 111 (6): 2829–2837.
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E C Hurt; Targeting of a cytosolic protein to the nuclear periphery.. J Cell Biol 1 December 1990; 111 (6): 2829–2837. doi: https://doi.org/10.1083/jcb.111.6.2829
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