The localization of certain mRNAs to dendrites and their local translation in synaptic regions are proposed to be involved in certain aspects of synaptic plasticity. A cis-acting element within the 3′ untranslated region (3′ UTR) of the targeted mRNAs, which is bound by a trans-acting RNA-binding protein, controls the dendritic mRNA localization. Here, we identified hematopoietic zinc finger (Hzf) as a trans-acting factor that regulates the dendritic mRNA localization of the type 1 inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor (IP3RI), a dendritically localized mRNA in cerebellar Purkinje cells, via binding to the 3′ UTR. In Hzf-deficient mice, the dendritic localization of IP3RI mRNA and brain-derived neurotrophic factor-induced IP3RI protein synthesis in the cerebellum were impaired. These findings suggest that Hzf is an RNA-binding protein that controls the dendritic mRNA localization and activity-dependent translation of IP3RI, and may be involved in some aspects of synaptic plasticity.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|Publication status||Published - 2005 Nov 22|
- 3′ UTR
- RNA-binding protein
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