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Evolutionary Diversification of the Sm Family of RNA-Associated Proteins
2008 (English)In: Molecular biology and evolution, ISSN 0737-4038, E-ISSN 1537-1719, Vol. 25, no 11, 2255-2267 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Sm family of proteins is closely associated with RNA metabolismthroughout all life. These proteins form homomorphic and heteromorphic rings consisting of six or seven subunits with a characteristic central pore, the presence of which is critical for binding U-rich regions of single-stranded RNA. Eubacteria and Archaea typically carry one or two forms ofSm proteins and assemble one homomorphic ring per Sm protein. Eukaryotes typically carry 16 or more Sm proteins that assemble to form heteromorphic rings which lie at the center of a number of critical RNA-associated small nuclear ribonucleoproteins (snRNPs). High Sm protein diversity and heteromorphic Sm rings are features stretching back to the origin of eukaryotes; very deep phylogenetic divisions among existing Smproteins indicate simultaneous evolution across essentially all existing eukaryotic life. Two basic forms of heteromorphic Sm rings are found in eukaryotes. Fixed Sm rings are highly stable and static and are assembled around an RNA cofactor. Flexible Sm rings also stabilize and chaperone RNA but assemble in the absence of an RNA substrate and, more significantly, associate with and dissociate from RNA substrates more freely than fixed rings. This suggests that the conformation of flexible Smrings might be modified in some specific manner to facilitate association and dissociation with RNA. Diversification of eukaryotic Sm proteins may have been initiated by gene transfers and/or genome clashes that accompanied the origin of the eukaryotic cell itself, with further diversification driven by a greater need for steric specificity within increasingly complex snRNPs.

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2008. Vol. 25, no 11, 2255-2267 p.
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Sm protein, RNA processing, snRNP, multimeric proteins, trans-splicing, spliceosome
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Evolutionary Biology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-208477DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msn175OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-208477DiVA: diva2:776874
Available from: 2015-01-08 Created: 2013-10-01 Last updated: 2015-01-12Bibliographically approved

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