Identification of an intronic splicing enhancer essential for the inclusion of FGFR2 exon IIIc.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The ligand specificity of fibroblast growth factor receptor 2 (FGFR2) is determined by the alternative splicing of exons 8 (IIIb) or 9 (IIIc). Exon IIIb is included in epithelial cells, whereas exon IIIc is included in mesenchymal cells. Although a number of cis elements and trans factors have been identified that play a role in exon IIIb inclusion in epithelium, little is known about the activation of exon IIIc in mesenchyme. We report here the identification of a splicing enhancer required for IIIc inclusion. This 24-nucleotide (nt) downstream intronic splicing enhancer (DISE) is located within intron 9 immediately downstream of exon IIIc. DISE was able to activate the inclusion of heterologous exons rat FGFR2 IIIb and human beta-globin exon 2 in cell lines from different tissues and species and also in HeLa cell nuclear extracts in vitro. DISE was capable of replacing the intronic activator sequence 1 (IAS1), a known IIIb splicing enhancer and vice versa. This fact, together with the requirement for DISE to be close to the 5'-splice site and the ability of DISE to promote binding of U1 snRNP, suggested that IAS1 and DISE belong to the same class of cis-acting elements.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Seth, P; Miller, HB; Lasda, EL; Pearson, JL; Garcia-Blanco, MA

Published Date

  • April 11, 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 283 / 15

Start / End Page

  • 10058 - 10067

PubMed ID

  • 18256031

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2442303

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-9258

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1074/jbc.M800087200


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States