Comprehensive in vivo RNA-binding site analyses reveal a role of Prp8 in spliceosomal assembly. Academic Article uri icon


  • Prp8 stands out among hundreds of splicing factors as a protein that is intimately involved in spliceosomal activation and the catalytic reaction. Here, we present the first comprehensive in vivo RNA footprints for Prp8 in budding yeast obtained using CLIP (cross-linking and immunoprecipitation)/CRAC (cross-linking and analyses of cDNAs) and next-generation DNA sequencing. These footprints encompass known direct Prp8-binding sites on U5, U6 snRNA and intron-containing pre-mRNAs identified using site-directed cross-linking with in vitro assembled small nuclear ribonucleoproteins (snRNPs) or spliceosome. Furthermore, our results revealed novel Prp8-binding sites on U1 and U2 snRNAs. We demonstrate that Prp8 directly cross-links with U2, U5 and U6 snRNAs and pre-mRNA in purified activated spliceosomes, placing Prp8 in position to bring the components of the active site together. In addition, disruption of the Prp8 and U1 snRNA interaction reduces tri-snRNP level in the spliceosome, suggesting a previously unknown role of Prp8 in spliceosomal assembly through its interaction with U1 snRNA.

published proceedings

  • Nucleic Acids Res

altmetric score

  • 0.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Li, X., Zhang, W., Xu, T., Ramsey, J., Zhang, L., Hill, R., ... Zhao, R.

citation count

  • 20

complete list of authors

  • Li, Xueni||Zhang, Wenzheng||Xu, Tao||Ramsey, Jolene||Zhang, Lingdi||Hill, Ryan||Hansen, Kirk C||Hesselberth, Jay R||Zhao, Rui

publication date

  • April 2013