STAU1 binding 3' UTR IRAlus complements nuclear retention to protect cells from PKR-mediated translational shutdown.
ABSTRACT For a number of human genes that encode transcripts containing inverted repeat Alu elements (IRAlus) within their 3' untranslated region (UTR), product mRNA is efficiently exported to the cytoplasm when the IRAlus, which mediate nuclear retention, are removed by alternative polyadenylation. Here we report a new mechanism that promotes gene expression by targeting mRNAs that maintain their 3' UTR IRAlus: Binding of the dsRNA-binding protein Staufen1 (STAU1) to 3' UTR IRAlus inhibits nuclear retention so as to augment the nuclear export of 3' UTR IRAlus-containing mRNAs (IRAlus mRNAs). Moreover, we found that 3' UTR IRAlus-bound STAU1 enhances 3' UTR IRAlus mRNA translation by precluding protein kinase R (PKR) binding, which obviates PKR activation, eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2α (eIF2α) phosphorylation, and repression of global cell translation. Thus, STAU1 binding to 3' UTR IRAlus functions along with 3' UTR IRAlus-mediated nuclear retention to suppress the shutdown of cellular translation triggered by PKR binding to endogenous cytoplasmic dsRNAs. We also show that a changing STAU1/PKR ratio contributes to myogenesis via effects on the 3' UTR IRAlus of mRNA encoding the microRNA-binding protein LIN28.
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ABSTRACT: In many cells, mRNAs containing inverted repeated Alu elements (IRAlus) in their 3' untranslated regions (UTRs) are inefficiently exported to the cytoplasm. Such nuclear retention correlates with paraspeckle-associated protein complexes containing p54(nrb). However, nuclear retention of mRNAs containing IRAlus is variable, and how regulation of retention and export is achieved is poorly understood. Here we show one mechanism of such regulation via the arginine methyltransferase CARM1 (coactivator-associated arginine methyltransferase 1). We demonstrate that disruption of CARM1 enhances the nuclear retention of mRNAs containing IRAlus. CARM1 regulates this nuclear retention pathway at two levels: CARM1 methylates the coiled-coil domain of p54(nrb), resulting in reduced binding of p54(nrb) to mRNAs containing IRAlus, and also acts as a transcription regulator to suppress NEAT1 transcription, leading to reduced paraspeckle formation. These actions of CARM1 work together synergistically to regulate the export of transcripts containing IRAlus from paraspeckles under certain cellular stresses, such as poly(I:C) treatment. This work demonstrates how a post-translational modification of an RNA-binding protein affects protein-RNA interaction and also uncovers a mechanism of transcriptional regulation of the long noncoding RNA NEAT1. © 2015 Hu et al.; Published by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press.Genes & development 03/2015; 29(6):630-45. DOI:10.1101/gad.257048.114 · 12.64 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Despite studies that have investigated the interactions of double-stranded RNA-binding proteins like Staufen with RNA in vitro, how they achieve target specificity in vivo remains uncertain. We performed RNA co-immunoprecipitations followed by microarray analysis to identify Staufen-associated mRNAs in early Drosophila embryos. Analysis of the localization and functions of these transcripts revealed a number of potentially novel roles for Staufen. Using computational methods, we identified two sequence features that distinguish Staufen's target transcripts from non-targets. First, these Drosophila transcripts, as well as those human transcripts bound by human Staufen1 and 2, have 3' untranslated regions (UTRs) that are 3-4-fold longer than unbound transcripts. Second, the 3'UTRs of Staufen-bound transcripts are highly enriched for three types of secondary structures. These structures map with high precision to previously identified Staufen-binding regions in Drosophila bicoid and human ARF1 3'UTRs. Our results provide the first systematic genome-wide analysis showing how a double-stranded RNA-binding protein achieves target specificity.Nucleic Acids Research 08/2013; DOI:10.1093/nar/gkt702 · 9.11 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: We report a new mechanism by which human mRNAs cross-talk: an Alu element in the 3' untranslated region (3' UTR) of one mRNA can base-pair with a partially complementary Alu element in the 3' UTR of a different mRNA, thereby creating a Staufen1 (STAU1)-binding site (SBS). STAU1 binding to a 3'-UTR SBS was previously shown to trigger STAU1-mediated mRNA decay (SMD) by directly recruiting the ATP-dependent RNA helicase UPF1, which is also a key factor in the mechanistically related nonsense-mediated mRNA decay (NMD) pathway. In the case of a 3'-UTR SBS created by mRNA-mRNA base-pairing, we show that SMD targets both mRNAs in the duplex, provided that both mRNAs are translated. If only one mRNA is translated, then it alone is targeted for SMD. We demonstrate the functional importance of mRNA-mRNA-triggered SMD in cell migration and invasion.Nature Structural & Molecular Biology 09/2013; DOI:10.1038/nsmb.2664 · 11.63 Impact Factor