RNA-binding protein Nova-1 (IPR033086)

Short name: NOVA1

Overlapping homologous superfamilies


Family relationships



NOVA1 is a neuron-specific splicing factor that binds pre-mRNA sequence UCAUY [PMID: 12808107]. It plays a role in alternative splicing of dopamine D2 receptor pre-mRNA [PMID: 21622564] and GnRH pre-mRNA [PMID: 19282286].

Nova proteins, including Nova-1 and Nova-2, are implicated in paraneoplastic opsoclonus-myoclonus-ataxia (POMA) syndrome. They were the first mammalian neuron-specific splicing factors identified. Nova-1 is expressed in the subcortical CNS structures in developing and adult mice, while Nova-2 is expressed throughout the CNS and particularly in cortex, olfactory bulb, thalamus, inferior colliculus, etc. They harbour three K-homology (KH) motifs that mediate Nova binding to clusters of YCAY motifs on target pre-mRNAs [PMID: 21150296, PMID: 21742260].

GO terms

Biological Process

GO:0000398 mRNA splicing, via spliceosome

Molecular Function

GO:0003723 RNA binding

Cellular Component

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Contributing signatures

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