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Anti-idiotype RNA selected with an anti-nuclear export signal antibody is actively transported in oocytes and inhibits Rev- and cap-dependent RNA export.


Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1997 Nov 25;94(24):12839-44. Unique Identifier

The anti-idiotype approach is based on the assumption that an antibody specific for a receptor-binding domain of a ligand could be structurally related to the receptor. Therefore, a structural mimic of a receptor-binding domain, selected with an anti-ligand antibody, might be a functional substrate for the receptor. This hypothesis was addressed here by generating antibodies recognizing the Rev-nuclear export signal (NES). A functional NES is required for active export, presumably by interacting directly or indirectly with the nuclear pore complex. Anti-NES antibodies were used to isolate RNA mimics of the NES peptide from combinatorial RNA libraries. The RNA-mimics are exported actively, block Rev-dependent export of a reporter RNA, and inhibit cap-dependent U1 snRNA export in Xenopus oocytes, properties previously reported for NES-peptide conjugates.

*Antibodies, Anti-Idiotypic/IMMUNOLOGY *Cell Nucleus/METABOLISM *Gene Products, rev/ANTAGONISTS & INHIB *Gene Products, rev/METABOLISM *Oocytes/METABOLISM *RNA/METABOLISM *RNA Caps


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