Caenorhabditis elegans


CELE_F52E1.1, F52E1.1
pos-1 encodes a CCCH-type zinc-finger protein; during embryogenesis, maternally provided POS-1 is essential for proper fate specification of germ cells, intestine, pharynx, and hypodermis; POS-1's role in cell fate specification is likely as a translational regulator, as POS-1 is required, in posterior blastomeres, for positive regulation of apx-1 mRNA translation and negative regulation of glp-1 mRNA translation via direct binding to the spatial control region (SCR) in the glp-1 mRNA 3' UTR; in regulating mRNA translation, POS-1 interacts with SPN-4, an RNP-type RNA binding protein, that may function to negatively regulate POS-1 activity; POS-1 can also bind the mex-6 3'-UTR in vitro, although expression of a MEX-6 reporter fusion protein does not appear to be affected in pos-1 mutant animals; pos-1 mRNA is first detected in the gonads of L4 and adult animals, and is present uniformly in oocytes and newly fertilized embryos; during early embryonic divisions, pos-1 mRNA is present at higher levels in germline blastomeres until it disappears following the division of P4; POS-1 protein is first apparent at low levels in 1-cell embryos, with subsequent expression mirroring that of pos-1 mRNA: high levels in germline blastomeres until its disappearance after the P4 division; in the germline blastomeres P1, P2, P3, and P4, POS-1 colocalizes with cytoplasmic and perinuclear P granules.
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