Co-regulation of mRNA translation by TDP-43 and Fragile X Syndrome protein FMRP

Pritha Majumder, Jen Fei Chu, Biswanath Chatterjee, Krishna B.S. Swamy, Che Kun James Shen

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For proper mammalian brain development and functioning, the translation of many neuronal mRNAs needs to be repressed without neuronal activity stimulations. We have discovered that the expression of a subclass of neuronal proteins essential for neurodevelopment and neuron plasticity is co-regulated at the translational level by TDP-43 and the Fragile X Syndrome protein FMRP. Using molecular, cellular and imaging approaches, we show that these two RNA-binding proteins (RBP) co-repress the translation initiation of Rac1, Map1b and GluR1 mRNAs, and consequently the hippocampal spinogenesis. The co-repression occurs through binding of TDP-43 to mRNA(s) at specific UG/GU sequences and recruitment of the inhibitory CYFIP1-FMRP complex by its glycine-rich domain. This novel regulatory scenario could be utilized to silence a significant portion of around 160 common target mRNAs of the two RBPs. The study establishes a functional/physical partnership between FMRP and TDP-43 that mechanistically links several neurodevelopmental disorders and neurodegenerative diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)721-738
Number of pages18
JournalActa Neuropathologica
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • CYFIP1
  • FISH
  • FMRP
  • Immunofluorescence staining
  • Live cell imaging
  • Polysome profile
  • RNA-IP
  • TDP-43
  • Translation initiation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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