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PLoS Comput Biol. 2012;8(9):e1002663. doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002663. Epub 2012 Sep 6.

Dependencies among editing sites in serotonin 2C receptor mRNA.

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Department of Genetics, The Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Edmond J. Safra Campus, Givat Ram, Jerusalem, Israel.

Abstract

The serotonin 2C receptor (5-HT(2C)R)-a key regulator of diverse neurological processes-exhibits functional variability derived from editing of its pre-mRNA by site-specific adenosine deamination (A-to-I pre-mRNA editing) in five distinct sites. Here we describe a statistical technique that was developed for analysis of the dependencies among the editing states of the five sites. The statistical significance of the observed correlations was estimated by comparing editing patterns in multiple individuals. For both human and rat 5-HT(2C)R, the editing states of the physically proximal sites A and B were found to be strongly dependent. In contrast, the editing states of sites C and D, which are also physically close, seem not to be directly dependent but instead are linked through the dependencies on sites A and B, respectively. We observed pronounced differences between the editing patterns in humans and rats: in humans site A is the key determinant of the editing state of the other sites, whereas in rats this role belongs to site B. The structure of the dependencies among the editing sites is notably simpler in rats than it is in humans implying more complex regulation of 5-HT(2C)R editing and, by inference, function in the human brain. Thus, exhaustive statistical analysis of the 5-HT(2C)R editing patterns indicates that the editing state of sites A and B is the primary determinant of the editing states of the other three sites, and hence the overall editing pattern. Taken together, these findings allow us to propose a mechanistic model of concerted action of ADAR1 and ADAR2 in 5-HT(2C)R editing. Statistical approach developed here can be applied to other cases of interdependencies among modification sites in RNA and proteins.

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22969417
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PMC3435259
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10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002663
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