An RNA biding protein, Y14 interacts with and modulates STAT3 activation

Norihiko Ohbayashi, Naohisa Taira, Shiho Kawakami, Sumihito Togi, Noriko Sato, Osamu Ikeda, Shinya Kamitani, Ryuta Muromoto, Yuichi Sekine, Tadashi Matsuda

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Signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3), which mediates biological actions in many physiological processes, is activated by cytokines and growth factors via specific tyrosine-phosphorylation, dimerization, and nuclear translocation. To clarify the molecular mechanisms underlying the regulation of STAT3 activation, we performed yeast two-hybrid screening. We identified Y14, an RNA-binding protein, as a novel STAT3 binding partner. Y14 bound to STAT3 through the C-terminal region of STAT3 in vivo. Importantly, small-interfering RNA-mediated reduction of endogenous Y14 expression decreased IL-6-induced tyrosine-phosphorylation, nuclear accumulation, and DNA-binding activity of STAT3, as well as IL-6/STAT3-dependent gene expression. These results indicate that Y14 interacts with STAT3 and regulates the transcriptional activation of STAT3 by influencing the tyrosine-phosphorylation of STAT3.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475-479
Number of pages5
JournalBiochemical and biophysical research communications
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Aug 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Cytokine
  • Gene expression
  • RNA-binding protein
  • STAT3
  • Signal transduction
  • Y14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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