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Int J Mol Sci. 2008 Nov;9(11):2105-13. doi: 10.3390/ijms9112105. Epub 2008 Nov 4.

TFIP11 interacts with mDEAH9, an RNA helicase involved in spliceosome disassembly.

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University of Southern California School of Dentistry, Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology, Los Angeles, California 90033-1004, USA.


Yeast proteins Ntr1, Ntr2 and Prp43 function in spliceosome disassembly. An Ntr1-Ntr2 protein complex recruits Prp43 to allow the removal of the lariat-intron in late-stage RNA splicing activity. Based on amino-acid sequence similarities across species, TFIP11 and mDEAH9/Dhx15 have been identified as homologues of yeast Ntr1 and Prp43, respectively. The N-terminal region of TFIP11 contains a G-patch, which is a highly conserved domain of many RNA-processing proteins. TFIP11 displays a unique and characteristic subnuclear localization pattern, in close proximity to SC35 nuclear speckles. Transfected GFP-tagged mDEAH9 displays an evenly distributed nuclear localization and is excluded from the nucleoli; however when TFIP11 and mDEAH9 are co-transfected, both proteins colocalize to distinct nuclear speckles. These data show that TFIP11 recruits mDEAH9 suggesting that these two proteins have similar biological activities to their yeast counterparts.


Dhx15; G-patch; Ntr1; Prp43; Spp382 and TFIP11; mDEAH9; pre-mRNA splicing; spliceosome disassembly

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