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Ribonomic analysis of human DZIP1 reveals its involvement in ribonucleoprotein complexes and stress granules

Patrícia ShigunovShigunov1, Jose Sotelo-Silveira23, Marco Augusto Stimamiglio1, Crisciele Kuligovski1, Florencia Irigoín45, Jose L Badano4, David Munroe6, Alejandro Correa1 and Bruno Dallagiovanna1*

Author Affiliations

1 Stem Cells Basic Biology Laboratory, Instituto Carlos Chagas, FIOCRUZ, Algacyr Munhoz Mader 3775, Curitiba 81350-010, Brazil

2 Genomics Department, Instituto de Investigaciones Biológicas Clemente Estable, Avenida Italia 3318, CP 11600 Montevideo, Uruguay

3 Cell and Molecular Biology Department, Fac. Ciencias, Universidad de la República Uruguay, Avenida Italia 3318, CP 11600 Montevideo, Uruguay

4 Institut Pasteur Montevideo, Mataojo 2020, Montevideo 11400, Uruguay

5 Departamento de Histología y Embriología, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de la República, Avenida General Flores 2125, CP 11800 Montevideo, Uruguay

6 Cancer Research Technology Program, Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc., Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, Frederick, MD 21702, USA

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BMC Molecular Biology 2014, 15:12  doi:10.1186/1471-2199-15-12

Published: 3 July 2014



DZIP1 (DAZ-interacting protein 1) has been described as a component of the Hh signaling pathway with a putative regulatory role in ciliogenesis. DZIP1 interacts with DAZ RNA binding proteins in embryonic stem cells and human germ cells suggesting a role in mRNA regulation.


We investigated DZIP1 function in HeLa cells and its involvement in ribonucleoprotein complexes. DZIP1 was predominantly located in granules in the cytoplasm. Under oxidative stress conditions, DZIP1 re-localized to stress granules. DZIP appears to be important for the formation of stress granules during the stress response. We used immunoprecipitation assays with antibodies against DZIP1 and microarray hybridization to identify mRNAs associated with DZIP1. The genetic networks formed by the DZIP1-associated mRNAs were involved in cell cycle and gene expression regulation. DZIP1 is involved in the Hedgehog signaling pathway. We used cyclopamine, a specific inhibitor of this pathway, to analyze the expression of DZIP1 and its associated mRNAs. The abundance of DZIP1-associated mRNAs increased with treatment; however, the silencing or overexpression of DZIP1 in HeLa cells had no effect on the accumulation of the associated mRNAs. Polysomal profile analysis by sucrose gradient centrifugation demonstrated the presence of DZIP1 in the polysomal fraction.


Our results suggest that DZIP1 is part of an RNP complex that occupies various subcellular locations. The diversity of the mRNAs associated with DZIP1 suggests that this protein is a component of different RNPs associated with translating polysomes and with RNA granules.

DZIP1; Ribonucleoprotein; Stress granules; Polysome; Hedgehog signaling