(A) Northern blots of co-immunoprecipitation assays show TTP binding to the MyoD 3′ UTR in HEK293T cells. Assays were performed with cells co-expressing FLAG-tagged wild type TTP (WT, lanes 1 and 4), an RNA binding mutant of TTP (F126N, lanes 2 and 5), or an unrelated non-RNA binding protein, (MS2, lanes 3 and 6) together with the reporter β-globin mRNA containing the MyoD 3′ UTR (β-MyoD) or the GM-CSF 3′ UTR (β-GM-CSF). Cells were extracted, immunoprecipitated with the indicated flag-tagged protein and associated mRNAs detected by Northern Blot with radioactive anti-sense β-globin probes. A β-globin reporter with no putative TTP binding sites served as an internal negative control (β-GAP). Pellet (lanes 1–3) and 10% input (lanes 4–6) fractions were loaded as indicated. Percentage bound normalized to input RNA indicated (ND-not detectable). (B) A schematic of the tetracycline responsive (TRE) β-globin reporter constructs containing the 684 bp MyoD 3′ untranslated region (UTR). Shown are the U-rich HuR binding sites, the putative TTP binding sequence (WTß-MyoD, bold), and the mutated sequence (MUTß-MyoD, bold). (C) TTP reduces the half-life of a WTß-MyoD reporter mRNA. Tet-off Hela cells transfected with either pcTET2-WTß-MyoD or pcTET2-MUTß-MyoD and CMV-β-Globin, a tetracycline unresponsive loading and transfection control, were subjected to pulse-chase mRNA decay assays and extracts separated by Northern blotting and probed with radioactive anti-sense β-globin probes in the presence of an empty vector control (–) or TTP. (D) The calculated β-MyoD mRNA half-life determined from the average ± SEM plotted from at least three independent experiments. Student's two-tailed t-test; * β-MyoD + TTP, p = 0.012.