EIF2S1 Research Reagents

Eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2 subunit 1 is a protein in humans that is encoded by EIF2S1 gene. Functions in the early steps of protein synthesis by forming a ternary complex with GTP and initiator tRNA. This complex binds to a 40S ribosomal subunit, followed by mRNA binding to form a 43S pre-initiation complex. Junction of the 60S ribosomal subunit to form the 80S initiation complex is preceded by hydrolysis of the GTP bound to eIF-2 and release of an eIF-2-GDP binary complex. In order for eIF-2 to recycle and catalyze another round of initiation, the GDP bound to eIF-2 must exchange with GTP by way of a reaction catalyzed by eIF-2B.

The following EIF2S1 reagents supplied by CUSABIO are manufactured under a strict quality control system. Multiple applications have been validated and solid technical support is offered.

EIF2S1 Antibodies

EIF2S1 Antibodies for Homo sapiens (Human)

EIF2S1 Proteins

EIF2S1 Proteins for Bos taurus (Bovine)

EIF2S1 Proteins for Oryctolagus cuniculus (Rabbit)

EIF2S1 Proteins for Sus scrofa (Pig)

EIF2S1 Proteins for Homo sapiens (Human)

EIF2S1 Proteins for Rattus norvegicus (Rat)

EIF2S1 Proteins for Pongo abelii (Sumatran orangutan) (Pongo pygmaeus abelii)

EIF2S1 Proteins for Gallus gallus (Chicken)

EIF2S1 Proteins for Mus musculus (Mouse)

EIF2S1 Proteins for Xenopus tropicalis (Western clawed frog) (Silurana tropicalis)

EIF2S1 Proteins for Dictyostelium discoideum (Slime mold)

EIF2S1 Proteins for Xenopus laevis (African clawed frog)

EIF2S1 Background

Eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2 subunit 1, a protein in humans encoded by EIF2S1 [1], is the alpha subunit of the eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2 (eIF2). So it is also known as eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2 subunit alpha (eIF2α). Four eIF2α kinases, including protein kinase R (PKR)RNA-dependent protein kinase (PKR), (PKR)-like endoplasmic reticulum kinase (PERK), general control non-derepressible 2 kinase (GCN2), and heme-regulated eIF2α kinase (HRI), can phosphorylate eIF2α on Ser 51, which leads to the inhibition of eIF2α and consequent transient suppression of general protein synthesis, up to its complete blockade, concomitant with the translation of mRNAs that encode for antiviral factors and/or mediate the integrated stress response [2]. Such blockade of protein synthesis results in the decrease or prevention of viral replication and may result in apoptosis [3]. Consistently, Sri P. Srivastava et al. also identified a novel requirement for PKR in stress-induced apoptosis that is mediated through eIF-2α phosphorylation [4]. These four eIF2α kinases share a homologous kinase domain (KD) but possess different regulatory domains that mediate their activation by diverse stress signals, respectively [5]. Previous studies suggested that the induction of eIF2α phosphorylation can be either cytoprotective or proapoptotic. The cytoprotective function of transient induction of eIF2α phosphorylation predominantly by activating pathways that promote cell survival such as the phosphatidylinositol-3 kinase (PI3K) [6] and nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) pathways [7][8]. Nevertheless, prolonged induction of eIF2α phosphorylation is mainly proapoptotic [8][9].

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[9] Kazemi S, Papadopoulou S, et al. Control of alpha subunit of eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2 (eIF2 alpha) phosphorylation by the human papillomavirus type 18 E6 oncoprotein: implications for eIF2 alpha-dependent gene expression and cell death [J]. Mol Cell Biol. 2004 Apr; 24(8):3415-29.


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