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PSF and p54nrb bind a conserved stem in U5 snRNA


RUI  PENG  a1, BILLY T.  DYE  a1 p1, ISMAEL  PÉREZ  a1, DARON C.  BARNARD  a1 p2, AMANDA B.  THOMPSON  a1 and JAMES G.  PATTON  a1 c1
a1 Department of Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee 37235, USA

Abstract

PTB-associated splicing factor (PSF) has been implicated in both early and late steps of pre-mRNA splicing, but its exact role in this process remains unclear. Here we show that PSF interacts with p54nrb, a highly related protein first identified based on cross-reactivity to antibodies against the yeast second-step splicing factor Prp18. We performed RNA-binding experiments to determine the preferred RNA-binding sequences for PSF and p54nrb, both individually and in combination. In all cases, iterative selection assays identified a purine-rich sequence located on the 3′ side of U5 snRNA stem 1b. Filter-binding assays and RNA affinity selection experiments demonstrated that PSF and p54nrb bind U5 snRNA with both the sequence and structure of stem 1b contributing to binding specificity. Sedimentation analyses show that both proteins associate with spliceosomes and with U4/U6.U5 tri-snPNP.

(Received February 4 2002)
(Revised February 26 2002)
(Accepted July 22 2002)


Key Words: p54nrb; PSF; splicing; U5 snRNA.

Correspondence:
c1 Reprint requests to: James G. Patton, Department of Biological Sciences, VU Station B 351634, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee 37235, USA; e-mail: James.G.Patton@Vanderbilt.Edu
p1 Present address: Institute for Molecular Virology, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53706, USA
p2 Present address: Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts 01605, USA