[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Unlike bacteria, a specialized eukaryotic initiation factor (eIF)-2, in the form of the ternary complex eIF2-GTP-Met-tRNA(i) (Met), is used to deliver the initiator tRNA to the ribosome in all eukaryotic cells. Here we show that the hepatitis C virus (HCV) internal ribosome entry site (IRES) can direct translation without eIF2 and its GTPase-activating protein eIF5. In addition to the general eIF2- and eIF5-dependent pathway of 80S complex assembly, the HCV IRES makes use of a bacterial-like pathway requiring as initiation factors only eIF5B (an analog of bacterial IF2) and eIF3. The switch from the conventional eukaryotic mode of translation initiation to the eIF2-independent mechanism occurs when eIF2 is inactivated by phosphorylation under stress conditions.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: RelE/RelB is a well-characterized toxin-anti-toxin pair involved in nutritional stress responses in Bacteria and Archae. RelE lacks any eukaryote homolog, but we demonstrate here that it efficiently and specifically cleaves mRNA in the A site of the eukaryote ribosome. The cleavage mechanism is similar to that in bacteria, showing the feasibility of A-site cleavage of mRNA for regulatory purposes also in eukaryotes. RelE cleavage in the A-site codon of a stalled eukaryote ribosome is precise and easily monitored, making "RelE printing" a useful complement to toeprinting to determine the exact mRNA location on the eukaryote ribosome and to probe the occupancy of its A site.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) RNA contains two in-frame AUG codons separated by 84 nt that direct translation initiation of the viral polyprotein. The mechanism of initiation at the IRES-proximal AUG codon (AUG1) has been previously analyzed, whereas no data on factor requirements for AUG2 have been reported. Here, using the method of 48S translation initiation complex reconstitution, we show that eIF1 is indispensable in forming the 48S initiation complex at AUG2. In contrast, it reduces the assembly of this complex at AUG1. Stabilization of a stem-loop between the initiation triplets induces a small decrease in the toeprint intensity at AUG2, accompanied by an increase in the AUG1/AUG2 ratio as well as a moderate reduction of protein synthesis initiated at AUG2 in transfected cells. PTB and ITAF45 exerted an additive positive effect on the 48S complex at AUG2, although a substantial reconstitution on both AUGs occurs on omission of either of these proteins. Relative to the beta-globin mRNA, the 48S complex formation at AUG1 and AUG2 is slow and occurs with the same kinetics as revealed by the "kinetic" toeprint assay. Mutation of AUG1 to AUA does not abrogate protein synthesis in transfected cells, and has no effect on the rate of the 48S complex formation at AUG2. We conclude that the AUG2 initiation region is selected independently of 48S complex formation at the upstream AUG1. The kinetic toeprint assay also shows that cap-dependent assembly of the 48S complex in vitro occurs faster than the FMDV IRES-mediated complex assembly.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Retrotransposon L1 is a mobile genetic element of the LINE family that is extremely widespread in the mammalian genome. It encodes a dicistronic mRNA, which is exceptionally rare among eukaryotic cellular mRNAs. The extremely long and GC-rich L1 5' untranslated region (5'UTR) directs synthesis of numerous copies of RNA-binding protein ORF1p per mRNA. One could suggest that the 5'UTR of L1 mRNA contained a powerful internal ribosome entry site (IRES) element. Using transfection of cultured cells with the polyadenylated monocistronic (L1 5'UTR-Fluc) or bicistronic (Rluc-L1 5'UTR-Fluc) RNA constructs, capped or uncapped, it has been firmly established that the 5'UTR of L1 does not contain an IRES. Uncapping reduces the initiation activity of the L1 5'UTR to that of background. Moreover, the translation is inhibited by upstream AUG codons in the 5'UTR. Nevertheless, this cap-dependent initiation activity of the L1 5'UTR was unexpectedly high and resembles that of the beta-actin 5'UTR (84 nucleotides long). Strikingly, the deletion of up to 80% of the nucleotide sequence of the L1 5'UTR, with most of its stem loops, does not significantly change its translation initiation efficiency. These data can modify current ideas on mechanisms used by 40S ribosomal subunits to cope with complex 5'UTRs and call into question the conception that every long GC-rich 5'UTR working with a high efficiency has to contain an IRES. Our data also demonstrate that the ORF2 translation initiation is not directed by internal initiation, either. It is very inefficient and presumably based on a reinitiation event.
Molecular and Cellular Biology 08/2007; 27(13):4685-97. · 5.04 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Similar features in the mechanisms of mRNA translation initiation on prokaryotic and eukaryotic ribosomes are discussed with
examples from mRNAs with nonstandard 5′-untranslated regions (5′-UTRs) and mRNAs lacking 5′-UTR (leaderless mRNAs).
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Translation initiation in eukaryotic cells is known to be a complex multistep process which involves numerous protein factors. Here we demonstrate that leaderless mRNAs with initiator Met-tRNA can bind directly to 80S mammalian ribosomes in the absence of initiation factors and that the complexes thus formed are fully competent for the subsequent steps of polypeptide synthesis. We show that the canonical 48S pathway of eukaryotic translation initiation has no obvious advantage over the 80S pathway of translation initiation on leaderless mRNAs and suggest that, in the presence of competing mRNAs containing a leader, the latter mechanism will be preferred. The direct binding of the leaderless mRNA to the 80S ribosome was precluded when such an mRNA was supplied with a 5' leader, irrespective of whether it was in a totally single-stranded conformation or was prone to base pairing. The striking similarity between the mechanisms of binding of leaderless mRNAs with mammalian 80S or bacterial 70S ribosomes gives support to the idea that the alternative mode of translation initiation used by leaderless mRNAs represents a relic from early steps in the evolution of the translation apparatus.
Molecular and Cellular Biology 05/2006; 26(8):3164-9. · 5.04 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Binding of the internal ribosome entry site (IRES) of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA to the eIF-free 40S ribosomal subunit is the first step of initiation of translation of the viral RNA. Hairpins IIId and IIIe comprising 253-302 nt of the IRES are known to be essential for binding to the 40S subunit. Here we have examined the molecular environment of the HCV IRES in its binary complex with the human 40S ribosomal subunit. For this purpose, two RNA derivatives were used that bore a photoactivatable perfluorophenyl azide cross-linker. In one derivative the cross-linker was at the nucleotide A296 in hairpin IIIe, and in the other at G87 in domain II. Site-specific introduction of the cross-linker was performed using alkylating derivatives of oligodeoxyribonucleotides complementary to the target RNA sequences. No cross-links with the rRNA were detected with either RNA derivative. The RNA with the photoactivatable group at A296 cross-linked to proteins identified as S5 and S16 (major) and p40 and S3a (minor), while no cross-links with proteins were detected with RNA modified at G87. The results obtained indicate that hairpin IIIe is located on the solvent side of the 40S subunit head on a site opposite the beak.
Nucleic Acids Research 02/2006; 34(7):2027-36. · 8.81 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Rhopalosiphum padi virus (RhPV) is an insect virus of the Dicistroviridae family. Recently, the 579-nucleotide-long 5' untranslated region (UTR) of RhPV has been shown to contain an internal ribosome entry site (IRES) that functions efficiently in mammalian, plant, and insect in vitro translation systems. Here, the mechanism of action of the RhPV IRES has been characterized by reconstitution of mammalian 48S initiation complexes on the IRES from purified components combined with the toeprint assay. There is an absolute requirement for the initiation factors eIF2 and eIF3 and the scanning factor eIF1 to form 48S complexes on the IRES. In addition, eIF1A, eIF4F (or the C-terminal fragment of eIF4G), and eIF4A strongly stimulated the assembly of this complex, whereas eIF4B had no effect. Although the eIF4-dependent pathway is dominant in the RhPV IRES-directed cell-free translation, omission of either eIF4G or eIF4A or both still allowed the assembly of 48S complexes from purified components with approximately 23% of maximum efficiency. Deletions of up to 100 nucleotides throughout the 5'-UTR sequence produced at most a marginal effect on the IRES activity, suggesting the absence of specific binding sites for initiation factors. Only deletion of the U-rich unstructured 380-nucleotide region proximal to the initiation codon resulted in a complete loss of the IRES activity. We suggest that the single-stranded nature of the RhPV IRES accounts for its strong but less selective potential to bind key mRNA recruiting components of the translation initiation apparatus from diverse origins.
Molecular and Cellular Biology 10/2005; 25(17):7879-88. · 5.04 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Initiation of protein synthesis on picornavirus RNA requires an internal ribosome entry site (IRES). Typically, picornavirus IRES elements contain about 450 nucleotides (nt) and use most of the cellular translation initiation factors. However, it is now shown that just 280 nt of the porcine teschovirus type 1 Talfan (PTV-1) 5' untranslated region direct the efficient internal initiation of translation in vitro and within cells. In toeprinting assays, assembly of 48S preinitiation complexes from purified components on the PTV-1 IRES was achieved with just 40S ribosomal subunits plus eIF2 and Met-tRNA(i)(Met). Indeed, a binary complex between 40S subunits and the PTV-1 IRES is formed. Thus, the PTV-1 IRES has properties that are entirely different from other picornavirus IRES elements but highly reminiscent of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) IRES. Comparison between the PTV-1 IRES and HCV IRES elements revealed islands of high sequence identity that occur in regions critical for the interactions of the HCV IRES with the 40S ribosomal subunit and eIF3. Thus, there is significant functional and structural similarity between the IRES elements from the picornavirus PTV-1 and HCV, a flavivirus.
Journal of Virology 06/2004; 78(9):4487-97. · 4.65 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The reconstitution of translation initiation complexes from purified components is a reliable approach to determine the complete set of essential canonical initiation factors and auxiliary proteins required for the 40S ribosomal subunit to locate the initiation codon on individual mRNAs. Until now, it has been successful mostly for formation of 48S translation initiation complexes with viral IRES elements. Among cap-dependent mRNAs, only globin mRNAs and transcripts with artificial 5' leaders were amenable to this assembly. Here, with modified conditions for the reconstitution, 48S complexes have been successfully assembled with the 5' UTR of beta-actin mRNA (84 nucleotides) and the tripartite leader of adenovirus RNAs (232 nucleotides), though the latter has been able to use only the scanning rather then the shunting model of translation initiation with canonical initiation factors. We show that initiation factor 4B is essential for mRNAs that have even a rather moderate base pairing within their 5' UTRs (with the cumulative stability of the secondary structure within the entire 5' UTR < -13 kcal/mol) and not essential for beta-globin mRNA. A recombinant eIF4B poorly substitutes for the native factor. The 5' UTRs with base-paired G residues reveal a very sharp dependence on the eIF4B concentration to form the 48S complex. The data suggest that even small variations in concentration or activity of eIF4B in mammalian cells may differentially affect the translation of different classes of cap-dependent cellular mRNAs.
Molecular and Cellular Biology 12/2003; 23(24):8925-33. · 5.04 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: An approach based on complementary addressed modification of nucleic acids by oligodeoxyribonucleotide derivatives was proposed for changing the spatial structure of particular RNA sites in order to study their role in the biological activity of the total RNA molecule. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) IRES was used as a model. Oligodeoxyribonucleotide derivatives contained a 4-[N-(2-chloroethyl)-N-methylamino]benzylamino group at the 5-phosphate and were complementary to various RNA sites located in regions of hairpins II, IIId, or IIIe. Covalent adducts resulting from RNA alkylation with the derivatives were isolated by denaturing PAGE and tested for binding with the 40S subunit of human ribosomes. Structural alteration of hairpin II had no effect on the binding, whereas that of hairpin IIIe substantially reduced it. The RNA with modified hairpin IIId showed virtually no binding with the 40S subunit. Hairpin IIId was assumed to play the critical role in the binding of HCV IRES with the 40S subunit.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV) gag/pol and env mRNAs contain cis-acting regulatory elements (INS) that impair stability, nucleocytoplasmic transport, and translation by unknown mechanisms. This downregulation can be counteracted by the viral Rev protein, resulting in efficient export and expression of these mRNAs. Here, we show that the INS region in HIV-1 gag mRNA is a high-affinity ligand of p54nrb/PSF, a heterodimeric transcription/splicing factor. Both subunits bound INS RNA in vitro with similar affinity and specificity. Using an INS-containing subgenomic gag mRNA, we show that it specifically associated with p54nrb in vivo and that PSF inhibited its expression, acting via INS. Studying the authentic HIV-1 mRNAs produced from an infectious molecular clone, we found that PSF affected specifically the INS-containing, Rev-dependent transcripts encoding Gag-Pol and Env. Both subunits contained nuclear export and nuclear retention signals, whereas p54nrb was continuously exported from the nucleus and associated with INS-containing mRNA in the cytoplasm, suggesting its additional role at late steps of mRNA metabolism. Thus, p54nrb and PSF have properties of key factors mediating INS function and likely define a novel mRNA regulatory pathway that is hijacked by HIV-1.
Molecular and Cellular Biology 10/2003; 23(18):6618-30. · 5.04 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A relaxed cap-dependence of translation of the mRNA-encoding mammalian heat shock protein Hsp70 may suggest that its 5'-untranslated region (UTR) possesses an internal ribosome entry site (IRES). In this study, this possibility has been tested in transfected cells using plasmids that express dicistronic mRNAs. Using a reporter gene construct, Renilla luciferase/Photinus pyralis luciferase, we show that the 216-nt long 5'-UTR of Hsp70 mRNA acts as an IRES that directs ribosomes to the downstream start codon by a cap-independent mechanism. The relative activity of this IRES (100-fold over the empty vector) is similar to that of the classical picornaviral IRESs. Additional controls indicate that this high expression of the downstream reporter is not due to readthrough from the upstream cistron, nor is it due to translation of cryptic monocistronic transcripts. The effect of small deletions within the 5'-UTR of Hsp70 mRNA on the IRES activity varies in dependence on their position within the 5'-UTR sequence. With the exception of deletion of nt 33-50, it is small for the 5'-terminal half of the 5'-UTR and rather strong for the 3'-terminal section. However, neither of these small deletions abolishes the IRES activity completely. Excision of larger sections (>50 nt) by truncation of the 5'-UTR from the 5'-end or by internal deleting results in a dramatic impairment of the IRES function. Taken together, these data suggest that the IRES activity of the 5'-UTR of Hsp70 mRNA requires integrity of almost the entire sequence of the 5'-UTR. The data are discussed in terms of a model that allows a three-dimensional rather than linear mode of selection of the initiation region surrounding the start codon of Hsp70 mRNA.
Journal of Biological Chemistry 06/2003; 278(25):22350-6. · 4.60 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A method of analysis of translation initiation complexes by toeprinting has recently acquired a wide application to investigate molecular mechanisms of translation initiation in eukaryotes. So far, this very fruitful approach was used when researchers did not aim to discriminate between patterns of toeprints for 48S and 80S translation initiation complexes. Here, using cap-dependent and internal ribosomal entry site (IRES)-dependent mRNAs, we show that the toeprint patterns for 48S and 80S complexes are distinct whether the complexes are assembled in rabbit reticulocyte lysate or from fully purified individual components. This observation allowed us to demonstrate for the first time a delay in the conversion of the 48S complex into the 80S complex for beta-globin and encephalomyocarditis virus (EMCV) RNAs, and to assess the potential of some 80S antibiotics to block polypeptide elongation. Besides, additional selection of the authentic initiation codon among three consecutive AUGs that follow the EMCV IRES was revealed at steps subsequent to the location of the initiation codon by the 40S ribosomal subunit.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Nucleotide sequence changes increasing the number of paired bases without producing stable secondary structure in the 5"-untranslated region (5"-UTR) of the -globin mRNA had a slight effect on its translation in rabbit reticulocyte lysate at low mRNA concentration and dramatically decreased translation efficiency at a high concentration. The removal of paired regions restored translation. Addition of purified eIF2 to the lysate resulted in equal translation efficiencies of templates differing in structure of 5"-UTR. A similar effect was observed for p50, a major mRNP protein. Other mRNA-binding initiation factors, eIF4F and eIF4B, had no effect on the dependence of translation efficiency on mRNA concentration. Analysis of the assembly of the 48S initiation complex from its purified components showed that less eIF2 is required for translation initiation on the -globin mRNA than on its derivative containing minor secondary structure elements in 5"-UTR. According to a model proposed, eIF2 not only delivers Met-tRNA, but it also stabilizes the interaction of the 40S ribosome subunit with 5"-UTR, which is of particular importance for translation initiation on templates with structured 5"-UTR.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: p50, the major core protein bound to mammalian mRNAs, has been reported to stimulate translation at low p50/mRNA ratios and inhibit translation at high p50/mRNA ratios. This study aims to address the molecular mechanisms underlying these phenomena using the in vitro assembly of 48 S preinitiation complexes from fully purified translational components in the presence or absence of p50 as analyzed by the toeprint assay. With limited concentrations of eIF2, eIF3, and eIF4F, p50 (but not pyrimidine tract-binding protein, which was taken for comparison) strongly stimulates formation of the 48 S preinitiation complexes with beta-globin mRNA. This stimulation is observed when just a few molecules of p50 are bound per molecule of the mRNA. When the amount of p50 in solution is increased over some threshold p50/mRNA ratio, a remarkable repression is observed that can still be relieved by adding more eIF2 and eIF4F. At even higher concentrations of p50, the inhibitory effect becomes irreversible. The threshold ratio depends upon the extent of secondary structure of the 5'-untranslated region linked to the beta-globin coding region. Chemical probing has confirmed that the binding of p50 to mRNA involves only the sugar-phosphate backbone of the mRNA leaving nucleotide bases free for interaction with other messenger ribonucleoprotein (mRNP) components. These data are best compatible with the functional role of p50 as a "manager" of mRNA-protein interactions in mammalian mRNPs.
Journal of Biological Chemistry 06/2002; 277(18):15445-51. · 4.60 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Translation initiation is a complex process in which initiator tRNA, 40S, and 60S ribosomal subunits are assembled by eukaryotic initiation factors (eIFs) into an 80S ribosome at the initiation codon of mRNA. The cap-binding complex eIF4F and the factors eIF4A and eIF4B are required for binding of 43S complexes (comprising a 40S subunit, eIF2/GTP/Met-tRNAi and eIF3) to the 5' end of capped mRNA but are not sufficient to promote ribosomal scanning to the initiation codon. eIF1A enhances the ability of eIF1 to dissociate aberrantly assembled complexes from mRNA, and these factors synergistically mediate 48S complex assembly at the initiation codon. Joining of 48S complexes to 60S subunits to form 80S ribosomes requires eIF5B, which has an essential ribosome-dependent GTPase activity and hydrolysis of eIF2-bound GTP induced by eIF5. Initiation on a few mRNAs is cap-independent and occurs instead by internal ribosomal entry. Encephalomyocarditis virus (EMCV) and hepatitis C virus epitomize distinct mechanisms of internal ribosomal entry site (IRES)-mediated initiation. The eIF4A and eIF4G subunits of eIF4F bind immediately upstream of the EMCV initiation codon and promote binding of 43S complexes. EMCV initiation does not involve scanning and does not require eIF1, eIF1A, and the eIF4E subunit of eIF4F. Initiation on some EMCV-like IRESs requires additional noncanonical initiation factors, which alter IRES conformation and promote binding of eIF4A/4G. Initiation on the hepatitis C virus IRES is even simpler: 43S complexes containing only eIF2 and eIF3 bind directly to the initiation codon as a result of specific interaction of the IRES and the 40S subunit.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 07/2001; 98(13):7029-36. · 9.81 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: 15-lipoxygenase (LOX) expression is translationally silenced in early erythroid precursor cells by a specific mRNA-protein complex formed between the differentiation control element in the 3' untranslated region (UTR) and hnRNPs K and E1. The 3'UTR regulatory complex prevents translation initiation by an unknown mechanism. We demonstrate that the 40S ribosomal subunit can be recruited and scan to the translation initiation codon even when the silencing complex is bound to the 3'UTR. However, the joining of the 60S ribosomal subunit at the AUG codon to form a translation competent 80S ribosome is inhibited, unless initiation is mediated by the IGR-IRES of the cricket paralysis virus. These findings identify the critical step at which LOX mRNA translation is controlled and reveal that 60S subunit joining can be specifically regulated.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Papers on the mechanisms of translation initiation in mammals studied by reconstruction of initiation complexes from individual components are reviewed. The author points to the constraints of this approach and to the pitfalls ignoring which one might come to erroneous conclusions and even artifacts. In addition, some methods employed in the field as well as some technical problems are discussed in the paper, together with the means of obviating them. The review could be a guidebook for newcomers into this quite labor-consuming field.