The recruitment of the U5 snRNP to nascent transcripts requires internal loop 1 of U5 snRNA

Rebecca Kim, Joshua Paschedag, Natalya Novikova, Michel Bellini

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In this study, we take advantage of the high spatial resolution offered by the nucleus and lampbrush chromosomes of the amphibian oocyte to investigate the mechanisms that regulate the intranuclear trafficking of the U5 snRNP and its recruitment to nascent transcripts. We monitor the fate of newly assembled fluorescent U5 snRNP in Xenopus oocytes depleted of U4 and/or U6 snRNAs and demonstrate that the U4/U6.U5 tri-snRNP is not required for the association of U5 snRNP with Cajal bodies, splicing speckles, and nascent transcripts. In addition, using a mutational analysis, we show that a non-functional U5 snRNP can associate with nascent transcripts, and we further characterize internal loop structure 1 of U5 snRNA as a critical element for licensing U5 snRNP to target both nascent transcripts and splicing speckles. Collectively, our data support the model where the recruitment of snRNPs onto pre-mRNAs is independent of spliceosome assembly and suggest that U5 snRNP may promote the association of the U4/U6.U5 tri-snRNP with nascent transcripts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)943-951
Number of pages9
JournalChromosome Research
Issue number8
StatePublished - Dec 2012


  • Cajal bodies
  • Lampbrush chromosomes
  • RNA splicing
  • SnRNAs
  • Spliceosome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics

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