RNA recognition motif 2 (RRM2) found in Drosophila melanogaster sex determination protein SNF and similar proteins
This subgroup corresponds to the RRM2 of SNF (Sans fille), also termed U1 small nuclear ribonucleoprotein A (U1 snRNP A or U1-A or U1A), an RNA-binding protein found in the U1 and U2 snRNPs of Drosophila. It is essential in Drosophila sex determination and possesses a novel dual RNA binding specificity. SNF binds with high affinity to both Drosophila U1 snRNA stem-loop II (SLII) and U2 snRNA stem-loop IV (SLIV). It can also bind to poly(U) RNA tracts flanking the alternatively spliced Sex-lethal (Sxl) exon, as does Drosophila Sex-lethal protein (SXL). SNF contains two RNA recognition motifs (RRMs); it can self-associate through RRM1, and each RRM can recognize poly(U) RNA binding independently.