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Aleksandra Skrajna, Xiao-Cui Yang, Michal Dadlez, William F Marzluff, Zbigniew Dominski
3' end cleavage of metazoan replication-dependent histone pre-mRNAs requires the multi-subunit holo-U7 snRNP and the stem-loop binding protein (SLBP). The exact composition of the U7 snRNP and details of SLBP function in processing remain unclear. To identify components of the U7 snRNP in an unbiased manner, we developed a novel approach for purifying processing complexes from Drosophila and mouse nuclear extracts. In this method, catalytically active processing complexes are assembled in vitro on a cleavage-resistant histone pre-mRNA containing biotin and a photo-sensitive linker, and eluted from streptavidin beads by UV irradiation for direct analysis by mass spectrometry...
February 26, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Luke W Thompson, Kim D Morrison, Sally L Shirran, Ewout J N Groen, Tom H Gillingwater, Catherine H Botting, Judith E Sleeman
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is an inherited neurodegenerative condition caused by reduction in functional Survival Motor Neurones Protein (SMN). SMN has been implicated in transport of mRNA in neural cells for local translation. We previously identified microtubule-dependant mobile vesicles rich in SMN and SmB, a member of the Sm family of snRNP-associated proteins, in neural cells. By comparing the interactomes of SmB and SmN, a neural-specific Sm protein, we now show that the essential neural protein neurochondrin (NCDN) interacts with Sm proteins and SMN in the context of mobile vesicles in neurites...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Cell Science
Lorenzo I Finci, Xiaofeng Zhang, Xiuliang Huang, Qiang Zhou, Jennifer Tsai, Teng Teng, Anant Agrawal, Betty Chan, Sean Irwin, Craig Karr, Andrew Cook, Ping Zhu, Dominic Reynolds, Peter G Smith, Peter Fekkes, Silvia Buonamici, Nicholas A Larsen
Somatic mutations in spliceosome proteins lead to dysregulated RNA splicing and are observed in a variety of cancers. These genetic aberrations may offer a potential intervention point for targeted therapeutics. SF3B1, part of the U2 small nuclear RNP (snRNP), is targeted by splicing modulators, including E7107, the first to enter clinical trials, and, more recently, H3B-8800. Modulating splicing represents a first-in-class opportunity in drug discovery, and elucidating the structural basis for the mode of action opens up new possibilities for structure-based drug design...
February 1, 2018: Genes & Development
Samantha B Shelton, Nakul M Shah, Nathan S Abell, Sravan K Devanathan, Marvin Mercado, Blerta Xhemalçe
RNAP II switching from the paused to the productive transcription elongation state is a pivotal regulatory step that requires specific phosphorylations catalyzed by the P-TEFb kinase. Nucleosolic P-TEFb activity is inhibited by its interaction with the ribonuclear protein complex built around the 7SK small nuclear RNA (7SK snRNP). MePCE is the RNA methyltransferase that methylates and stabilizes 7SK in the nucleosol. Here, we report that MePCE also binds chromatin through the histone H4 tail to serve as a P-TEFb activator at specific genes important for cellular identity...
February 6, 2018: Cell Reports
Adriana Roithová, Klára Klimešová, Josef Pánek, Cindy L Will, Reinhard Lührmann, David Stanek, Cyrille Girard
Cajal bodies (CBs) are nuclear non-membrane bound organelles where small nuclear ribonucleoprotein particles (snRNPs) undergo their final maturation and quality control before they are released to the nucleoplasm. However, the molecular mechanism how immature snRNPs are targeted and retained in CBs has yet to be described. Here, we microinjected and expressed various snRNA deletion mutants as well as chimeric 7SK, Alu or bacterial SRP non-coding RNAs and provide evidence that Sm and SMN binding sites are necessary and sufficient for CB localization of snRNAs...
February 5, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Anthony C Chiu, Hiroshi I Suzuki, Xuebing Wu, Dig B Mahat, Andrea J Kriz, Phillip A Sharp
Regulation of RNA polymerase II (Pol II) elongation is a critical step in gene regulation. Here, we report that U1 snRNP recognition and transcription pausing at stable nucleosomes are linked through premature polyadenylation signal (PAS) termination. By generating RNA exosome conditional deletion mouse embryonic stem cells, we identified a large class of polyadenylated short transcripts in the sense direction destabilized by the RNA exosome. These PAS termination events are enriched at the first few stable nucleosomes flanking CpG islands and suppressed by U1 snRNP...
February 15, 2018: Molecular Cell
Geun-Don Kim, Sang-Dong Yoo, Young-Hee Cho
To overcome high temperature stress, plants have developed transcriptional cascades which express a large amount of chaperone proteins called heat shock proteins (HSPs). In our recent publication, we reported that STABILIZED1, as an U5-snRNP-interacting protein, is involved in the splicing of heat shock factor (HSF) and HSP transcripts during high temperature stress. This indicates that not only transcriptional regulation, but also post-transcriptional regulation by STA1, is essential for the full activation of HSF-HSP cascades and for thermotolerance...
January 30, 2018: Plant Signaling & Behavior
Ingo D Meier, Michael P Walker, A Gregory Matera
Gemin4 is a member of the Survival Motor Neuron (SMN) protein complex, which is responsible for the assembly and maturation of Sm-class small nuclear ribonucleoproteins (snRNPs). In metazoa, Sm snRNPs are assembled in the cytoplasm and subsequently imported into the nucleus. We previously showed that the SMN complex is required for snRNP import in vitro, although it remains unclear which specific components direct this process. Here, we report that Gemin4 overexpression drives SMN and the other Gemin proteins from the cytoplasm into the nucleus...
January 25, 2018: Biology Open
Xiaofeng Zhang, Chuangye Yan, Xiechao Zhan, Lijia Li, Jianlin Lei, Yigong Shi
During each cycle of pre-mRNA splicing, the pre-catalytic spliceosome (B complex) is converted into the activated spliceosome (Bact complex), which has a well-formed active site but cannot proceed to the branching reaction. Here, we present the cryo-EM structure of the human Bact complex in three distinct conformational states. The EM map allows atomic modeling of nearly all protein components of the U2 small nuclear ribonucleoprotein (snRNP), including three of the SF3a complex and seven of the SF3b complex...
January 23, 2018: Cell Research
Luisa Vigevani, André Gohr, Thomas Webb, Manuel Irimia, Juan Valcárcel
Several splicing-modulating compounds, including Sudemycins and Spliceostatin A, display anti-tumor properties. Combining transcriptome, bioinformatic and mutagenesis analyses, we delineate sequence determinants of the differential sensitivity of 3' splice sites to these drugs. Sequences 5' from the branch point (BP) region strongly influence drug sensitivity, with additional functional BPs reducing, and BP-like sequences allowing, drug responses. Drug-induced retained introns are typically shorter, displaying higher GC content and weaker polypyrimidine-tracts and BPs...
December 13, 2017: Nature Communications
Lin Wang, Chenjun Hao, Yongqiu Deng, Yanbo Liu, Shiliang Hu, Yangang Peng, Manna He, Jinhu Fu, Ming Liu, Jia Chen, Xiaoming Chen
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a common autoimmune disease. Many autoantibodies are closely associated with SLE. However, the specific epitopes recognized and bound by these autoantibodies are still unclear. This study screened the binding epitopes of SLE-related autoantibodies using a high-throughput screening method. Epitope prediction on 12 SLE-related autoantigens was performed using the Immune Epitope Database and Analysis Resource (IEDB) software. The predicted epitopes were synthesized into peptides and developed into a peptide array...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
Jia Wen, Jue Wang, Qing Zhang, Dianjing Guo
BACKGROUND: Pre-mRNA splicing is the removal of introns from precursor mRNAs (pre-mRNAs) and the concurrent ligation of the flanking exons to generate mature mRNA. This process is catalyzed by the spliceosome, where the splicing factor 1 (SF1) specifically recognizes the seven-nucleotide branch point sequence (BPS) and the U2 snRNP later displaces the SF1 and binds to the BPS. In mammals, the degeneracy of BPS motifs together with the lack of a large set of experimentally verified BPSs complicates the task of BPS prediction in silico...
October 24, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
Xueni Li, Shiheng Liu, Jiansen Jiang, Lingdi Zhang, Sara Espinosa, Ryan C Hill, Kirk C Hansen, Z Hong Zhou, Rui Zhao
U1 snRNP plays a critical role in 5'-splice site recognition and is a frequent target of alternative splicing factors. These factors transiently associate with human U1 snRNP and are not amenable for structural studies, while their Saccharomyces cerevisiae (yeast) homologs are stable components of U1 snRNP. Here, we report the cryoEM structure of yeast U1 snRNP at 3.6 Å resolution with atomic models for ten core proteins, nearly all essential domains of its RNA, and five stably associated auxiliary proteins...
October 19, 2017: Nature Communications
Michaela Krausová, David Staněk
Split gene architecture of most human genes requires removal of intervening sequences by mRNA splicing that occurs on large multiprotein complexes called spliceosomes. Mutations compromising several spliceosomal components have been recorded in degenerative syndromes and haematological neoplasia, thereby highlighting the importance of accurate splicing execution in homeostasis of assorted adult tissues. Moreover, insufficient splicing underlies defective development of craniofacial skeleton and upper extremities...
October 19, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
María Moriel-Carretero, Sara Ovejero, Marie Gérus-Durand, Dimos Vryzas, Angelos Constantinou
Proteins disabled in the cancer-prone disorder Fanconi anemia (FA) ensure the maintenance of chromosomal stability during DNA replication. FA proteins regulate replication dynamics, coordinate replication-coupled repair of interstrand DNA cross-links, and mitigate conflicts between replication and transcription. Here we show that FANCI and FANCD2 associate with splicing factor 3B1 (SF3B1), a key spliceosomal protein of the U2 small nuclear ribonucleoprotein (U2 snRNP). FANCI is in close proximity to SF3B1 in the nucleoplasm of interphase and mitotic cells...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
Wei Shen Aik, Min-Han Lin, Dazhi Tan, Ashutosh Tripathy, William F Marzluff, Zbigniew Dominski, Chi-Yuan Chou, Liang Tong
Unlike canonical pre-mRNAs, animal replication-dependent histone pre-mRNAs lack introns and are processed at the 3'-end by a mechanism distinct from cleavage and polyadenylation. They have a 3' stem loop and histone downstream element (HDE) that are recognized by stem-loop binding protein (SLBP) and U7 snRNP, respectively. The N-terminal domain (NTD) of Lsm11, a component of U7 snRNP, interacts with FLASH NTD and these two proteins recruit the histone cleavage complex containing the CPSF-73 endonuclease for the cleavage reaction...
2017: PloS One
Natalia N Singh, José Bruno Del Rio-Malewski, Diou Luo, Eric W Ottesen, Matthew D Howell, Ravindra N Singh
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is caused by deletions or mutations of the Survival Motor Neuron 1 (SMN1) gene coupled with predominant skipping of SMN2 exon 7. The only approved SMA treatment is an antisense oligonucleotide that targets the intronic splicing silencer N1 (ISS-N1), located downstream of the 5' splice site (5'ss) of exon 7. Here, we describe a novel approach to exon 7 splicing modulation through activation of a cryptic 5'ss (Cr1). We discovered the activation of Cr1 in transcripts derived from SMN1 that carries a pathogenic G-to-C mutation at the first position (G1C) of intron 7...
December 1, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
Tatsuo Kanno, Wen-Dar Lin, Jason L Fu, Chia-Liang Chang, Antonius J M Matzke, Marjori Matzke
In a genetic screen for mutants showing modified splicing of an alternatively spliced GFP reporter gene in Arabidopsis thaliana , we identified mutations in genes encoding the putative U1 small nuclear ribonucleoprotein (snRNP) factors RBM25 and PRP39a. The latter has not yet been studied for its role in pre-messenger RNA (pre-mRNA) splicing in plants. Both proteins contain predicted RNA-binding domains and have been implicated in 5' splice site selection in yeast and metazoan cells. In rbm25 mutants, splicing efficiency of GFP pre-mRNA was reduced and GFP protein levels lowered relative to wild-type plants...
December 2017: Genetics
Jung-Min Oh, Chao Di, Christopher C Venters, Jiannan Guo, Chie Arai, Byung Ran So, Anna Maria Pinto, Zhenxi Zhang, Lili Wan, Ihab Younis, Gideon Dreyfuss
U1 snRNP (U1) functions in splicing introns and telescripting, which suppresses premature cleavage and polyadenylation (PCPA). Using U1 inhibition in human cells, we show that U1 telescripting is selectively required for sustaining long-distance transcription elongation in introns of large genes (median 39 kb). Evidence of widespread PCPA in the same locations in normal tissues reveals that large genes incur natural transcription attrition. Underscoring the importance of U1 telescripting as a gene-size-based mRNA-regulation mechanism, small genes were not sensitive to PCPA, and the spliced-mRNA productivity of ∼1,000 small genes (median 6...
November 2017: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
Caroline Rajiv, S RaElle Jackson, Simon Cocklin, Elan Z Eisenmesser, Tara L Davis
Pre-mRNA splicing is a dynamic, multistep process that is catalyzed by the RNA (ribonucleic acid)-protein complex called the spliceosome. The spliceosome contains a core set of RNAs and proteins that are conserved in all organisms that perform splicing. In higher organisms, peptidyl-prolyl isomerase H (PPIH) directly interacts with the core protein pre-mRNA processing factor 4 (PRPF4) and both integrate into the pre-catalytic spliceosome as part of the tri-snRNP (small nuclear RNA-protein complex) subcomplex...
October 25, 2017: Biochemical Journal
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