Reconstitution of mammalian Cleavage Factor II involved in 3' processing of mRNA precursors
Posted 10 Jul 2018
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/366336 (published DOI: 10.1261/rna.068056.118)
Posted 10 Jul 2018
Cleavage factor II (CF II) is a poorly characterized component of the multi-protein complex catalyzing 3' cleavage and polyadenylation of mammalian mRNA precursors. We have reconstituted CF II as a heterodimer of hPcf11 and hClp1. The heterodimer is active in partially reconstituted cleavage reactions, whereas hClp1 by itself is not. Pcf11 moderately stimulates the RNA 5' kinase activity of hClp1; the kinase activity is dispensable for RNA cleavage. CF II binds RNA with nanomolar affinity. Binding is mediated mostly by the two zinc fingers in the C-terminal region of hPcf11. RNA is bound without pronounced sequence-specificity, but extended G-rich sequences appear to be preferred. We discuss the possibility that CF II contributes to the recognition of cleavage/polyadenylation substrates through interaction with G-rich far-downstream sequence elements.
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