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Lookup NU author(s): Yilei Liu,
Dr Ingrid Ehrmann,
Professor David Elliott
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RBMY is a male germline RNA binding protein and potential alternative splicing regulator, but the lack of a convenient biological system has made its cellular functions elusive. We found that human RBMY fused to green fluorescent protein was strictly nuclear in transfected cells, but spatially enriched in areas around nuclear speckles with some components of the exon junction complex (EJC). Human RBMY (hRBMY) and the EJC components Magoh and Y14 also physically interacted but, unlike these two proteins, hRBMY protein did not shuttle to the cytoplasm. In addition, it relocalised into nucleolar caps after inhibition of RNA polymerase II transcription. Protein interactions were also detected between RBMY and splicing factors 9G8 and transformer-2 protein homolog beta (Tra2-beta), mediated by multiple regions of the RBMY protein that contain serine/arginine-rich dipeptides, but not by the single region lacking such dipeptides. These interactions modulated the splicing of several pre-mRNAs regulated by 9G8 and Tra2-beta. Importantly, ectopic expression of hRBMY stimulated the inclusion of a testis-enriched exon from the Acinus gene, whereas 9G8 and Tra2-beta repressed this exon. We propose that hRBMY associates with regions of the nucleus enriched in nascent RNA and participates in the regulation of specific splicing events in the germline by modulating the activity of constitutively expressed splicing factors.
Author(s): Dreumont N, Bourgeois CF, Lejeune F, Liu Y, Ehrmann IE, Elliott DJ, Stevenin J
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Cell Science
Print publication date: 01/01/2010
ISSN (print): 0021-9533
ISSN (electronic): 1477-9137
Publisher: Company of Biologists Ltd.
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