Survival motor neuron protein facilitates assembly of stress granules

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The survival motor neuron (SMN) protein forms cytoplasmic granules when overexpressed. We report here that SMN co-localizes with TIA-1/R and G3BP, protein assemblers of stress granules (SGs), and that SMN is co-immunoprecipitated with TIA-1/R, suggesting that SMN granules are SGs. Formation of SMN granules precedes accumulation of TIA-1/R, indicating that SMN serves as a facilitator of SG formation. However, the exon 7 skipping product, SMNΔ7, is largely retained in the nucleus and forms nuclear granules, indicating that exon 7 is critical for SG formation. Our findings reveal a novel SMN function and possible SG involvement in the pathogenesis of spinal muscular atrophy. © 2004 Published by Elsevier B.V. on behalf of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies.




Hua, Y., & Zhou, J. (2004). Survival motor neuron protein facilitates assembly of stress granules. FEBS Letters, 572(1–3), 69–74.

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