Subnuclear localization and dynamics of the pre-mRNA 3 ' end processing factor mammalian cleavage factor I 68-kDa subunit

Stefano Cardinale, Barbara Cisterna, Paolo Bonetti, Chiara Aringhieri, Marco Biggiogera, Silvia M. L. Barabino

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Mammalian cleavage factor I (CF I-m) is an essential factor that is required for the first step in pre-mRNA 3' end processing. Here, we characterize CF I(m)68 subnuclear distribution and mobility. Fluorescence microscopy reveals that in addition to paraspeckles CF Im68 accumulates in structures that partially overlap with nuclear speckles. Analysis of synchronized cells shows that CF I(m)68 distribution in speckles and paraspeckles varies during the cell cycle. At an ultrastructural level, CF Im68 is associated with perichromatin fibrils, the sites of active transcription, and concentrates in interchromatin granules-associated zones. We show that CF I(m)68 colocalizes with bromouridine, RNA polymerase II, and the splicing factor SC35. On inhibition of transcription, endogenous CF I(m)68 no longer associates with perichromatin fibrils, but it can still be detected in interchromatin granules-associated zones. These observations support the idea that not only splicing but also 3' end processing occurs cotranscriptionally. Finally, fluorescence recovery after photobleaching analysis reveals that the CF Im68 fraction associated with paraspeckles moves at a rate similar to the more dispersed molecules in the nucleoplasm, demonstrating the dynamic nature of this compartment. These findings suggest that paraspeckles are a functional compartment involved in RNA metabolism in the cell nucleus.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMolecular Biology of the Cell
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)1282-1292
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


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