Guide RNAs with 5′ caps and novel box C/D snoRNA-like domains for modification of snRNAs in Metazoa

Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Yale University School of Medicine, 295 Congress Avenue, New Haven, Connecticut 06536, USA.
Current Biology (Impact Factor: 9.57). 12/2004; 14(22):1985-95. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2004.11.003
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Spliceosomal snRNAs and ribosomal RNAs in metazoans contain numerous modified residues that are functionally important. The most common modifications are site-specific 2'-O-methylation and pseudouridylation, both directed by small ribonucleoprotein particles. Each particle is composed of a short guide RNA and a set of several proteins. All previously characterized modification guide RNAs in metazoa are encoded in and processed from introns.
We have identified and characterized three novel guide RNAs for conserved 2'-O-methylation of U2, U4, and U12 snRNAs. Two guides, termed mgU2-25/61 and mgU12-22/U4-8, appear to be independently transcribed as judged by the presence of methylated guanosine caps at their 5' ends and upstream promoters similar to those of telomerase RNA. These guide RNAs are each composed of a canonical box C/D snoRNA and a novel box C/D snoRNA-like domain, where the C'/D' motif, rather than C/D, can be folded into a conserved kink-turn structure. The snoRNA-like domains are predicted to direct 2'-O-methylation of invariant G residues that occupy analogous positions in the U2 and U12 snRNA secondary structures. A third guide, mgU2-19/30 RNA, is composed of two canonical box C/D snoRNA domains encoded within a single intron.
This is the first description in metazoan cells of 5'-capped modification guide RNAs that appear to be independently transcribed. Since plant, yeast, and protozoan guide RNAs are mostly independently transcribed, the identification of such RNAs argues that ancestral metazoans possessed independently transcribed guide RNAs and only later, during the evolution of metazoan organisms, did the guide RNA genes shift to introns.

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    • "Trimethyl-capped RNAs were immunoprecipitated using a strictly specific rabbit polyclonal anti-m3G (TMG) serum (Synaptic Systems) also referred to as R1131 (38,39). Ten microliters of serum was coupled to 50 μl of protein A-Sepharose beads saturated with 20 μg of both purified bovine serum albumin (BSA) and total yeast tRNA in NT2 buffer for 18 h at 4°C. "
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    • "The human mgU2-25/61 and mgU12-22/U4-8 box C/D scaRNAs, instead of being processed for pre-mRNA introns, are synthesized from independent genes by RNA Pol II and they carry methylated guanosine caps at their 5′ termini (29). While the 5′-terminal region of vertebrate mgU2–25/61 RNAs is remarkably rich in repeated GU and to less extent AU dinucleotides, the mgU12-22/U4-8 RNAs lack (GU) repeat sequences (Supplementary Figures S4 and S5). "
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    • "The RNA sequencing results described above (Table 1) show that coilin immunocomplexes are greatly enriched for the box C/D scaRNAs 2 and 9. To examine if WRAP53 may be mediating this enrichment, IPs were conducted using lysate generated from HeLa cells transfected with control, coilin or WRAP53 siRNA, followed by RNA isolation, cDNA generation and qPCR using primers specific to scaRNA 2 and 9 (Fig. 3). Both scaRNA 2 and 9 are processed to yield smaller fragments that guide modifications on U2 snRNA (Tycowski et al., 2004). For scaRNA 2, mgU2-61 is generated while two guide RNAs are processed from scaRNA 9: mgU2-19 and mgU2-30. "
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