The insulin receptor cellular IRES confers resistance to eIF4A inhibition

Elife. 2013 Jul 16;2:e00542. doi: 10.7554/eLife.00542.


Under conditions of stress, such as limited growth factor signaling, translation is inhibited by the action of 4E-BP and PDCD4. These proteins, through inhibition of eIF4E and eIF4A, respectively, impair cap-dependent translation. Under stress conditions FOXO transcription factors activate 4E-BP expression amplifying the repression. Here we show that Drosophila FOXO binds the PDCD4 promoter and stimulates the transcription of PDCD4 in response to stress. We have shown previously that the 5' UTR of the Drosophila insulin-like receptor (dINR) supports cap-independent translation that is resistant to 4E-BP. Using hippuristanol, an eIF4A inhibitor, we find that translation of dINR UTR containing transcripts are also resistant to eIF4A inhibition. In addition, the murine insulin receptor and insulin-like growth factor receptor 5' UTRs support cap-independent translation and have a similar resistance to hippuristanol. This resistance to inhibition of eIF4E and eIF4A indicates a conserved strategy to allow translation of growth factor receptors under stress conditions. DOI:

Keywords: D. melanogaster; Foxo; IGFR; IRES; Insulin receptor; Mouse; PDCD4; eIF4A.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • 5' Untranslated Regions
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Conserved Sequence
  • Drosophila
  • Eukaryotic Initiation Factor-4A / antagonists & inhibitors*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • RNA Caps
  • Receptor, Insulin / chemistry
  • Receptor, Insulin / physiology*
  • Ribosomes / metabolism*
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid


  • 5' Untranslated Regions
  • RNA Caps
  • Receptor, Insulin
  • Eukaryotic Initiation Factor-4A