The Carboxyl-terminal Domain of RNA Polymerase II Is Not Sufficient to Enhance the Efficiency of Pre-mRNA Capping or Splicing in the Context of a Different Polymerase.

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Eukaryotic messenger RNA precursors (pre-mRNAs) synthesized by RNA polymerase II (RNAP II) are processed co-transcriptionally. The carboxyl-terminal domain (CTD) of the largest subunit of RNA polymerase II is thought to mediate the coupling of transcription with pre-mRNA processing by coordinating the recruitment of processing factors during synthesis of nascent transcripts. Previous studies have demonstrated that the phosphorylated CTD is required for efficient co-transcriptional processing. In the study presented here we investigated whether the CTD is sufficient to coordinate transcription with pre-mRNA capping and splicing in the context of two other DNA-dependent RNA polymerases, mammalian RNAP III and bacteriophage T7 RNAP. Our results indicate that the CTD fused to the largest subunit of RNAP III (POLR3A) is not sufficient to enhance co-transcriptional pre-mRNA splicing or capping in vivo. Additionally, we analyzed a T7 RNAP-CTD fusion protein and examined its ability to enhance pre-mRNA splicing and capping of both constitutively and alternatively spliced substrates. We observed that the CTD in the context of T7 RNAP was not sufficient to enhance pre-mRNA splicing or capping either in vitro or in vivo. We propose that the efficient coupling of transcription to pre-mRNA processing requires not only the phosphorylated CTD but also other RNAP II specific subunits or associated factors.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Natalizio, BJ; Robson-Dixon, ND; Garcia-Blanco, MA

Published Date

  • March 27, 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 284 / 13

Start / End Page

  • 8692 - 8702

PubMed ID

  • 19176527

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2659228

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-9258

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1074/jbc.M806919200


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States