Transportin-1 and Transportin-2: Protein nuclear import and beyond

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Nearly 20 years after its identification as a new β-karyopherin mediating the nuclear import of the RNA-binding protein hnRNP A1, Transportin-1 is still commonly overlooked in comparison with its best known cousin, Importin-β. Transportin-1 is nonetheless a considerable player in nucleo-cytoplasmic transport. Over the past few years, significant progress has been made in the characterization of the nuclear localization signals (NLSs) that Transportin-1 recognizes, thereby providing the molecular basis of its diversified repertoire of cargoes. The recent discovery that mutations in the Transportin-dependent NLS of FUS cause mislocalization of this protein and result in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis illustrates the importance of Transportin-dependent import for human health. Besides, new functions of Transportin-1 are emerging in processes other than nuclear import. Here, we summarize what is known about Transportin-1 and the related β-karyopherin Transportin-2. © 2014 Federation of European Biochemical Societies. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.




Twyffels, L., Gueydan, C., & Kruys, V. (2014, May 21). Transportin-1 and Transportin-2: Protein nuclear import and beyond. FEBS Letters. Elsevier.

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