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Atlas of Subcellular RNA Localization Revealed by APEX-seq

By Furqan M. Fazal, Shuo Han, Pornchai Kaewsapsak, Kevin R Parker, Jin Xu, Alistair N Boettiger, Howard Y. Chang, Alice Y. Ting

Posted 26 Oct 2018
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/454470 (published DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2019.05.027)

We introduce APEX-seq, a method for RNA sequencing based on spatial proximity to the peroxidase enzyme APEX2. APEX-seq in nine distinct subcellular locales produced a nanometer-resolution spatial map of the human transcriptome, revealing extensive and exquisite patterns of localization for diverse RNA classes and transcript isoforms. We uncover a radial organization of the nuclear transcriptome, which is gated at the inner surface of the nuclear pore for cytoplasmic export of processed transcripts. We identify two distinct pathways of messenger RNA localization to mitochondria, each associated with specific sets of transcripts for building complementary macromolecular machines within the organelle. APEX-seq should be widely applicable to many systems, enabling comprehensive investigations of the spatial transcriptome.

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