The importance of CELF control: molecular and biological roles of the CUG-BP, Elav-like family of RNA-binding proteins

Wiley Interdiscip Rev RNA. Jan-Feb 2012;3(1):104-21. doi: 10.1002/wrna.107. Epub 2011 Aug 17.


RNA processing is important for generating protein diversity and modulating levels of protein expression. The CUG-BP, Elav-like family (CELF) of RNA-binding proteins regulate several steps of RNA processing in the nucleus and cytoplasm, including pre-mRNA alternative splicing, C to U RNA editing, deadenylation, mRNA decay, and translation. In vivo, CELF proteins have been shown to play roles in gametogenesis and early embryonic development, heart and skeletal muscle function, and neurosynaptic transmission. Dysregulation of CELF-mediated programs has been implicated in the pathogenesis of human diseases affecting the heart, skeletal muscles, and nervous system.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Muscular Diseases / metabolism
  • Nervous System Diseases / metabolism
  • Phenotype
  • Protein Structure, Tertiary
  • RNA-Binding Proteins / chemistry
  • RNA-Binding Proteins / genetics*
  • RNA-Binding Proteins / metabolism


  • RNA-Binding Proteins