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Mol Cell. 2003 Jun;11(6):1525-36.

TbMP57 is a 3' terminal uridylyl transferase (TUTase) of the Trypanosoma brucei editosome.

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Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, Seattle, WA 98109, USA.

Abstract

RNA editing produces mature trypanosome mitochondrial mRNAs by uridylate (U) insertion and deletion. In insertion editing, Us are added to the pre-mRNA by a 3' terminal uridylyl transferase (TUTase) activity. We report the identification of a TUTase activity that copurifies with in vitro editing and is catalyzed by the integral editosome protein TbMP57. TbMP57 catalyzes the addition of primarily a single U to single-stranded (ss) RNA and adds the number of Us specified by a guide RNA to insertion editing-like substrates. TbMP57 is distinct from a previously identified TUTase that adds many Us to ssRNA and which we find is neither a stable editosome component nor does it add Us to editing-like substrates. Recombinant TbMP57 specifically interacts with the editosome protein TbMP81, and this interaction enhances the TUTase activity. These results suggest that TbMP57 catalyzes U addition to pre-mRNA during editing.

PMID:
12820966
DOI:
10.1016/s1097-2765(03)00185-0
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