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Mol Cell Biol. 1997 Oct;17(10):5996-6001.

In vivo regulation of alternative pre-mRNA splicing by the Clk1 protein kinase.

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  • 1Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre, Ontario, Canada.


Controlled expression of cellular and viral genes through alternative precursor messenger RNA (pre-mRNA) splicing requires serine/arginine-rich (SR) proteins. The Clk1 kinase, which phosphorylates SR proteins, is regulated through alternative splicing of the Clk1 pre-mRNA, yielding mRNAs encoding catalytically active and truncated inactive polypeptides (Clk1 and Clk1T, respectively). We present evidence that Clk1 and Clk1T proteins regulate the splicing of Clk1 and adenovirus pre-mRNAs in vivo. The peptide domain encoded by the alternatively spliced exon of Clk1 is essential for the regulatory activity of the Clk1 kinase. This is the first direct demonstration of an in vivo link between alternative splicing and protein kinase activity.

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