Core spliceosomal Sm proteins as constituents of cytoplasmic mRNPs in plants.

Malwina Hyjek, Mateusz Bajczyk, Marcin Gołębiewski, Przemysław Nuc, Agnieszka Kołowerzo-Lubnau, Artur Jarmołowski and Dariusz Jan Smoliński

Jul 24, 2019

Received Date: 4th July 19

In light of recent studies, many of the cytoplasmic posttranscriptional mRNA processing steps take place in highly specialized microdomains referred to as cytoplasmic bodies. These evolutionarily conserved microdomains are sites of regulation for both mRNA translation and degradation. It has been shown that in the larch microsporocyte cytoplasm, there is a significant pool of Sm proteins not related to snRNP complexes. These Sm proteins accumulate within distinct cytoplasmic bodies (S-bodies) that also contain mRNA. Sm proteins constitute an evolutionarily ancient family of small RNA-binding proteins. In eukaryotic cells, these molecules are involved in pre-mRNA splicing. The latest research indicates that in addition to this well-known function, Sm proteins could also have an impact on mRNA at subsequent stages of its life cycle. The aim of this work was to verify the hypothesis that canonical Sm proteins are part of the cytoplasmic mRNP complex and thus function in the posttranscriptional regulation of gene expression in plants.

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