RNA-Binding Proteins Revisited – The Emerging Arabidopsis mRNA Interactome

Tino Köster, Claudius Marondedze, Katja Meyer, Dorothee Staiger

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RNA–protein interaction is an important checkpoint to tune gene expression at the RNA level. Global identification of proteins binding in vivo to mRNA has been possible through interactome capture – where proteins are fixed to target RNAs by UV crosslinking and purified through affinity capture of polyadenylated RNA. In Arabidopsis over 500 RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) enriched in UV-crosslinked samples have been identified. As in mammals and yeast, the mRNA interactomes came with a few surprises. For example, a plethora of the proteins caught on RNA had not previously been linked to RNA-mediated processes, for example proteins of intermediary metabolism. Thus, the studies provide unprecedented insights into the composition of the mRNA interactome, highlighting the complexity of RNA-mediated processes.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)512-526
Number of pages15
JournalTrends in Plant Science
Issue number6
StatePublished - Apr 13 2017
Externally publishedYes


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