P68 RNA helicase is a nucleocytoplasmic shuttling protein. Academic Article uri icon


  • P68 RNA helicase is a prototypical DEAD box RNA helicase. The protein plays a very important role in early organ development and maturation. Consistent with the function of the protein in transcriptional regulation and pre-mRNA splicing, p68 was found to predominately localize in the cell nucleus. However, recent experiments demonstrate a transient cytoplasmic localization of the protein. We report here that p68 shuttles between the nucleus and the cytoplasm. The nucleocytoplasmic shuttling of p68 is mediated by two nuclear localization signal and two nuclear exporting signal sequence elements. Our experiments reveal that p68 shuttles via a classical RanGTPase-dependent pathway.

published proceedings

  • Cell Res

citation count

  • 37

complete list of authors

  • Wang, Haizhen||Gao, Xueliang||Huang, Yun||Yang, Jenny||Liu, Zhi-Ren

publication date

  • December 2009