Identification in the rat brain of a set of nuclear proteins interacting with H1° mRNA

Neuroscience. 2013 Jan 15;229:71-6. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2012.10.072. Epub 2012 Nov 14.


Synthesis of H1° histone, in the developing rat brain, is also regulated at post-transcriptional level. Regulation of RNA metabolism depends on a series of RNA-binding proteins (RBPs); therefore, we searched for H1° mRNA-interacting proteins. With this aim, we used in vitro transcribed, biotinylated H1° RNA as bait to isolate, by a chromatographic approach, proteins which interact with this mRNA, in the nuclei of brain cells. Abundant RBPs, such as heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein (hnRNP) K and hnRNP A1, and molecular chaperones (heat shock cognate 70, Hsc70) were identified by mass spectrometry. Western blot analysis also revealed the presence of cold shock domain-containing protein 2 (CSD-C2, also known as PIPPin), a brain-enriched RBP previously described in our laboratory. Co-immunoprecipitation assays were performed to investigate the possibility that identified proteins interact with each other and with other nuclear proteins. We found that hnRNP K interacts with both hnRNP A1 and Hsc70 whereas there is no interaction between hnRNP A1 and Hsc70. Moreover, CSD-C2 interacts with hnRNP A1, Y box-binding protein 1 (YB-1), and hnRNP K. We also have indications that CSD-C2 interacts with Hsc70. Overall, we have contributed to the molecular characterization of a ribonucleoprotein particle possibly controlling H1° histone expression in the brain.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brain / metabolism*
  • HSC70 Heat-Shock Proteins / genetics
  • HSC70 Heat-Shock Proteins / metabolism*
  • Heterogeneous-Nuclear Ribonucleoproteins / genetics
  • Heterogeneous-Nuclear Ribonucleoproteins / metabolism*
  • Histones / genetics
  • Histones / metabolism*
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • RNA, Messenger / genetics
  • RNA, Messenger / metabolism*
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar


  • HSC70 Heat-Shock Proteins
  • Heterogeneous-Nuclear Ribonucleoproteins
  • Histones
  • RNA, Messenger