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Nucleic Acids Res. 2019 May 21;47(9):4778-4797. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkz168.

Uncoupling of nucleo-cytoplasmic RNA export and localization during stress.

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The Mina & Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences & Institute of Nanotechnology, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan 5290002, Israel.
Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520, USA.


Eukaryotic cells contain sub-cellular compartments that are not membrane bound. Some structures are always present, such as nuclear speckles that contain RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) and poly(A)+ RNAs. Others, like cytoplasmic stress granules (SGs) that harbor mRNAs and RBPs, are induced upon stress. When we examined the formation and composition of nuclear speckles during stress induction with tubercidin, an adenosine analogue previously shown to affect nuclear speckle composition, we unexpectedly found that it also led to the formation of SGs and to the inhibition of several crucial steps of RNA metabolism in cells, thereby serving as a potent inhibitor of the gene expression pathway. Although transcription and splicing persisted under this stress, RBPs and mRNAs were mislocalized in the nucleus and cytoplasm. Specifically, lncRNA and RBP localization to nuclear speckles was disrupted, exon junction complex (EJC) recruitment to mRNA was reduced, mRNA export was obstructed, and cytoplasmic poly(A)+ RNAs localized in SGs. Furthermore, nuclear proteins that participate in mRNA export, such as nucleoporins and mRNA export adaptors, were mislocalized to SGs. This study reveals structural aspects of granule assembly in cells, and describes how the flow of RNA from the nucleus to the cytoplasm is severed under stress.

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