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E-GEOD-73144 - Regulation of mRNA Levels by Suicidal Introns that Induce Nuclear Decay

Released on 19 November 2015, last updated on 30 November 2015
Schizosaccharomyces pombe
Samples (10)
Protocols (3)
In eukaryotic cells, inefficient splicing is surprisingly common and leads to degradation of transcripts with retained introns. How pre-mRNAs are committed to nuclear decay is unknown. Here we uncover a mechanism by which intronic transcripts are targeted for nuclear degradation in fission yeast. Surprisingly, sequence elements within “suicidal” introns co-transcriptionally recruit the exosome adaptor Mmi1 not only to degrade unspliced precursor, but also to downregulate levels of the resulting mRNA. Under conditions permissive for fast splicing, Mmi1 is no longer recruited and negative expression regulation is relieved. This mechanism negatively regulates levels of the RNA-helicase DDX5/Dbp2 to ensure cell survival in response to stress. We propose that suicidal introns are maintained because they facilitate regulation of gene expression. We identify multiple novel Mmi1 targets including mRNAs, non-coding RNAs, and sn/snoRNAs. We suggest a general role in RNA regulation for Mmi1 beyond degradation of meiotic transcripts. Two biological replicates of CRAC experiments (Control and Mmi1-HTP). Six RNAseq datasets in total: three biological replicates of wt and delta Mmi1 strain.
Experiment types
other, RNA-seq of coding RNA, RNA-seq of non coding RNA 
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