Author(s): Venables JP, Elliott DJ, Makarova OV, Makarov EM, Cooke HJ, Eperon IC
Abstract: The RBMY gene family is found on the Y chromosome of all mammals, and microdeletions are strongly associated with infertility in men. RBMY expresses RBM only in the nuclei of germ cells, whereas its X chromosome homologue, RBMX, expresses hnRNP G ubiquitously. We show here that RBM, hnRNP G and a novel testis-specific relative, termed hnRNP G-T, interact with Tra2beta, an activator of pre-mRNA splicing that is ubiquitous but highly expressed in testis. Endogenous hnRNP G and Tra2beta proteins are associated in HeLa nuclear extracts. RBM and Tra2beta co-localize in two major domains in human spermatocyte nuclei. Phosphorylation enhanced the interaction and reduced competing RNA binding to the interaction domains. Incubation with the protein interaction domain of RBM inhibited splicing in vitro of a specific pre-mRNA substrate containing an essential enhancer bound by Tra2beta. The RNA-binding domain of RBM affected 5' splice site selection. We conclude that the hnRNP G family of proteins is involved in pre-mRNA splicing and infer that RBM may be involved in Tra2beta-dependent splicing in spermatocytes.
Notes: 0964-6906 Journal Article
Keywords: *Drosophila Proteins Heterogeneous-Nuclear Ribonucleoproteins Humans Male *RNA Splicing RNA-Binding Proteins/*metabolism Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't Ribonucleoproteins/*metabolism *Spermatogenesis Testis/metabolism Two-Hybrid System Techniques *Y Chromosome