Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences

, Volume 70, Issue 12, pp 2031–2044 | Cite as

Multiple functions of tristetraprolin/TIS11 RNA-binding proteins in the regulation of mRNA biogenesis and degradation

  • Delphine Ciais
  • Nadia Cherradi
  • Jean-Jacques FeigeEmail author


Members of the tristetraprolin (TTP/TIS11) family are important RNA-binding proteins initially characterized as mediators of mRNA degradation. They act via their interaction with AU-rich elements present in the 3′UTR of regulated transcripts. However, it is progressively appearing that the different steps of mRNA processing and fate including transcription, splicing, polyadenylation, translation, and degradation are coordinately regulated by multifunctional integrator proteins that possess a larger panel of functions than originally anticipated. Tristetraprolin and related proteins are very good examples of such integrators. This review gathers the present knowledge on the functions of this family of RNA-binding proteins, including their role in AU-rich element-mediated mRNA decay and focuses on recent advances that support the concept of their broader involvement in distinct steps of mRNA biogenesis and degradation.


Tristetraprolin AU-rich element mRNA stability mRNA processing 



This work was supported by Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (U1036), Université Joseph Fourier, Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives, Association pour la Recherche sur le Cancer (ARC) and Groupement des Entreprises Françaises pour la Lutte contre le Cancer (GEFLUC-Comité Dauphiné-Savoie). DC was supported by post-doctoral grants from ARC and Fondation Lefoulon Delalande. We are indebted to Dr. Sabine Bailly for helpful discussions and friendly support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Delphine Ciais
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Nadia Cherradi
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Jean-Jacques Feige
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM) U1036Grenoble Cedex 9France
  2. 2.Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA)Institut de Recherches en Technologies et Sciences pour le Vivant (iRTSV)/Biologie du Cancer et de l’Infection (BCI)GrenobleFrance
  3. 3.Université Joseph Fourier-Grenoble 1GrenobleFrance

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