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Involvement of nuclear import and export factors in U8 box C/D snoRNP biogenesis

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Nick Watkins


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Box C/D snoRNPs, factors essential for ribosome biogenesis, are proposed to be assembled in the nucleoplasm before localizing to the nucleolus. However, recent work demonstrated the involvement of nuclear export factors in this process, suggesting that export may take place. Here we show that there are distinct distributions of U8 pre-snoRNAs and pre-snoRNP complexes in HeLa cell nuclear and cytoplasmic extracts. We observed differential association of nuclear export (PHAX, CRMl, and Ran) factors with complexes in the two extracts, consistent with nucleocytoplasmic transport. Furthermore, we show that the U8 pre-snoRNA in one of the cytoplasmic complexes contains an m3G cap and is associated with the nuclear import factor Snurportin1. Using RNA interference, we show that loss of either PHAX or Snurportinl results in the incorrect localization of the U8 snoRNA. Our data therefore show that nuclear export and import factors are directly involved in U8 box C/D snoRNP biogenesis. The distinct distribution of U8 pre-snoRNP complexes between the two cellular compartments together with the association of both nuclear import and export factors with the precursor complex suggests that the mammalian U8 snoRNP is exported during biogenesis. Copyright © 2007, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.

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Author(s): Watkins NJ, Lemm I, Luhrmann R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Molecular and Cellular Biology

Year: 2007

Volume: 27

Issue: 20

Pages: 7018-7027

ISSN (print): 0270-7306

ISSN (electronic): 1098-5549

Publisher: American Society for Microbiology


DOI: 10.1128/MCB.00516-07

PubMed id: 17709390


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BB/C508069/1Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council