Splicing factor hSlu7 contains a unique functional domain required to retain the protein within the nucleus

Noam Shomron, Mika Reznik, Gil Ast*

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Abstract

Precursor-mRNA splicing removes the introns and ligates the exons to form a mature mRNA. This process is carried out in a spliceosomal complex containing >150 proteins and five small nuclear ribonucleoproteins. Splicing protein hSlu7 is required for correct selection of the 3′ splice site. Here, we identify by bioinformatics and mutational analyses three functional domains of the hSlu7 protein that have distinct roles in its subcellular localization: a nuclear localization signal, a zinc-knuckle motif, and a lysine-rich region. The zinc-knuckle motif is embedded within the nuclear localization signal in a unique functional structure that is not required for hSlu7's entrance into the nucleus but rather to maintain hSlu7 inside it, preventing its shuttle back to the cytoplasm via the chromosomal region maintenance 1 pathway. Thus, the zinc-knuckle motif of hSlu7 determines the cellular localization of the protein through a nucleocytoplasmic-sensitive shuttling balance. Altogether, this indicates that zinc-dependent nucleocytoplasmic shuttling might be the possible molecular basis by which hSlu7 protein levels are regulated within the nucleus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3782-3795
Number of pages14
JournalMolecular Biology of the Cell
Volume15
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2004

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