We have molecularly cloned and sequenced a cDNA for a rat liver nucleoporin with a molecular mass of 152.8 kd, termed nup153, that shares a repetitive degenerate pentapeptide motif with a subgroup of nucleoporins of yeast and vertebrates. However, its most striking feature is a novel 4-fold repeat of a Cys2-Cys2-type zinc finger motif. When expressed in E. coli, the zinc finger domain of nup153 binds DNA in a zinc-dependent fashion. Immunoelectron microscopy localized nup153 exclusively to the nucleoplasmic side of the nuclear pore complex. We suggest that nup153 recognizes a specific DNA sequence to organize the genome three-dimensionally and to gate transcribable genes to nuclear pore complexes.
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