Multiple and surprising new functions for emerin, a nuclear membrane protein

Luiza Bengtsson, Katherine L. Wilson

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Emerin is an integral protein of the nuclear inner membrane. Emerin is not essential, but its loss of function causes Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy. We summarize significant recent progress in understanding emerin, which was previously known to interact with barrier-to-autointegration factor and lamins. New partners include transcription repressors, an mRNA splicing regulator, a nuclear membrane protein named nesprin, nuclear myosin I and F-actin. These interactors imply multiple roles for emerin in the nucleus, some of which overlap with related LEM-domain proteins.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-79
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Cell Biology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2004


  • (nuclear) inner membrane
  • BAF
  • Barrier-to-autointegration factor
  • EDMD
  • Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy
  • FRAP
  • Fluorescence recovery after photobleaching
  • GCL
  • Germ-cell-less
  • IM
  • LEM-domain
  • MEF
  • ∼40-residue folded motif shared by LAP2, emerin and MAN1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology


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