A new class of small RNP (alpha-RNP) containing antisense RNA in K-562 cells. III. The DNA-binding activity of nuclear alpha-RNP. The Signal Transmission from Growth Factors Group of the Medical Faculty, F. Schiller University, Jena, Germany

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  • DNA-binding activity of small nuclear alpha-RNP identified in acid-soluble fraction of chromatin of human proerythroleukemic cell line K-562 was studied using the technique of gel retardation. We found that nuclear alpha-RNP isolated from K-562 cells through treatment with dimethylsulfoxide, an agent inducing differentiation, acquire a capacity to specific interaction with Alu repeats of DNA leading to the formation of alpha-RNP-Alu-DNA complexes; nuclear alpha-RNP from cells that were not treated with dimethylsulfoxide do not show such capacity, although they are tightly bound with chromatin in the cell. Thus, the capacity of nuclear alpha-RNP to direct interaction with DNA Alu repeats appearing after the induction of K-562 cells to differentiation along erythroid pathway is an inducible property. We discuss hypothesis about the involvement of nuclear alpha-RNP in the control of expression of inducible genes at the level of chromatin and interaction with DNA.
  • Author List

  • Konstantinova IM; Wetzker R; Petukhova OA; Chesnokov IN; Volkova IV; Turoverova LV; Ermolaeva IB; Gauze LN
  • Start Page

  • 171
  • End Page

  • 177
  • Volume

  • 28
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  • 3