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Adv Exp Med Biol. 1999;466:95-102.

Processing of carnitine octanoyltransferase pre-mRNAs by cis and trans-splicing.

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Department of Biochemistry, School of Pharmacy, University of Barcelona, Spain.


Trans-splicing is a mechanism by which two pre-mRNAs are processed to produce a mature transcript that contains exons from both precursors. This process has been described mostly in trypanosoma, nematodes, plant/algal chloroplasts and plant mitochondria [Bonen et al. (1993) FASEB J. 7, 40-46]. Our studies clearly demonstrate that a trans-splicing reaction occurs in the processing of the carnitine octanoyltransferase (COT) gene in rat liver. Three different mature transcripts of COT have been found in vivo, the canonical cis-spliced mRNA and two trans-spliced transcripts, in which either exon 2 or exons 2 and 3 are repeated. Splicing experiments in vitro also indicate the capacity of exon 2 to act either as a donor or as an acceptor of splicing, allowing the trans-splicing reactions to occur.

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