P84N5 is a death domain containing protein that interacts with the tumor suppressor retinoblastoma protein and induces apoptosis. We cloned and characterized two novel alternatively spliced versions of p84N5. The p84N5 short isoform (p84N5s) lacks the death domain and does not induce apoptosis. We showed that p84N5, but not p84N5s, is cell cycle regulated. We found that p84N5-GFP chimera can rapidly shuttle between the nucleus and the cytoplasm. Taken together, these observations suggest that p84N5 may transmit signals from the nucleus to cytoplasmic effectors.
- Alternative splicing
- DAPI, 4,6-diamidino-2-phenylindole
- Death domain
- GFP, green fluorescent protein
- RT-PCR, real time polymerase chain reaction
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology