The Double-stranded RNA-binding Protein Staufen1 Negatively Regulates Skeletal Muscle Differentiation

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Title: The Double-stranded RNA-binding Protein Staufen1 Negatively Regulates Skeletal Muscle Differentiation
Authors: Blais-Crépeau, Marie-Laure
Date: 2011
Abstract: Staufen1 is a double-stranded RNA-binding protein known to be involved in the transport, localization, decay and increased translation of some mRNAs. The goal of the present study is to determine the role of Staufen1 during myogenic differentiation by characterizing the effects of Staufen1 over-expression in C2C12 cells. Immunofluorescence experiments revealed that Staufen1 over-expression causes a decrease in the fusion and differentiation indices and leads to the formation of myotubes with significantly fewer nuclei. We show, by western blot and qRT-PCR, that the protein expression of MyoD, myogenin and MyHC and the mRNA expression of MyoD, myogenin, Mef2A, Mef2C and p35 are significantly decreased during differentiation when Staufen1 is over-expressed. We then found that c-myc protein expression was increased during proliferation but that its mRNA expression remained unchanged. In this study we propose that Staufen1 negatively regulates skeletal muscle differentiation through the posttranscriptional regulation of c-myc, Mef2A, Mef2C and p35 transcripts.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/19766
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