Mapping of pseudouridine residues on cellular and viral transcripts using a novel antibody-based technique

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AbstractPseudouridine (Ψ) is the most common non-canonical ribonucleoside present on mammalian non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs), including rRNAs, tRNAs and snRNAs, where it contributes ∼7% of the total uridine level. However, Ψ constitutes only ∼0.1% of the uridines present on mRNAs and its effect on mRNA function remains unclear. Ψ residues have been shown to inhibit the detection of exogenous RNA transcripts by host innate immune factors, thus raising the possibility that viruses might have subverted the addition of Ψ residues to mRNAs by host pseudouridine synthase (PUS) enzymes as a way to inhibit antiviral responses in infected cells. Here, we describe and validate a novel antibody-based Ψ mapping technique called photo-crosslinking assisted Ψ sequencing (PA-Ψ-seq) and use it to map Ψ residues on not only multiple cellular RNAs but also on the mRNAs and genomic RNA encoded by HIV-1. We describe several 293T-derived cell lines in which human PUS enzymes previously reported to add Ψ residues to human mRNAs, specifically PUS1, PUS7 and TRUB1/PUS4, were inactivated by gene editing. Surprisingly, while this allowed us to assign several sites of Ψ addition on cellular mRNAs to each of these three PUS enzymes, the Ψ sites present on HIV-1 transcripts remained unaffected. Moreover, loss of PUS1, PUS7 or TRUB1 function did not significantly reduce the level of Ψ residues detected on total human mRNA below the ∼0.1% level seen in wild type cells, thus implying that the PUS enzyme(s) that adds the bulk of Ψ residues to human mRNAs remains to be defined.

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Cited Authors

  • Campos, CM; Tsai, K; Courtney, DG; Bogerd, HP; Holley, CL; Cullen, BR

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1101/2021.05.01.442255