RNA recognition motif (RRM) found in splicing factor U2AF 35 kDa subunit B (U2AF35B)
This subgroup corresponds to the RRM of U2AF35B, also termed zinc finger CCCH domain-containing protein 60 (C3H60), which is one of the small subunits of U2 small nuclear ribonucleoprotein (snRNP) auxiliary factor (U2AF). It has been implicated in the recruitment of U2 snRNP to pre-mRNAs and is a highly conserved heterodimer composed of large and small subunits. Members in this family are mainly found in plant. They show high sequence homology to vertebrates U2AF35 that directly binds to the 3' splice site of the conserved AG dinucleotide and performs multiple functions in the splicing process in a substrate-specific manner. U2AF35B contains two N-terminal zinc fingers, a central RNA recognition motif (RRM), also termed RBD (RNA binding domain) or RNP (ribonucleoprotein domain), and a C-terminal arginine/serine (SR)-rich domain. In contrast to U2AF35, U2AF35B has a plant-specific conserved C-terminal region containing SERE motif(s), which may have an important function specific to higher plants.