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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2015, 16(3), 5886-5899;

Accurate Splicing of HDAC6 Pre-mRNA Requires SON

Department of Biological Sciences, Wright State University, Dayton, OH 45435, USA
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Academic Editor: Akila Mayeda
Received: 18 December 2014 / Revised: 19 February 2015 / Accepted: 3 March 2015 / Published: 13 March 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Pre-mRNA Splicing)
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Pre-mRNA splicing requires proper splice site selection mediated by many factors including snRNPs and serine-arginine rich (SR) splicing factors. Our lab previously reported that the SR-like protein SON maintains organization of pre-mRNA splicing factors in nuclear speckles as well as splicing of many human transcripts including mRNAs coding for the chromatin-modifying enzymes HDAC6, ADA and SETD8. However, the mechanism by which SON maintains accurate splicing is unknown. To build tools for understanding SON-dependent pre-mRNA splicing, we constructed a minigene reporter plasmid driving expression of the genomic sequence spanning exons 26 through 29 of HDAC6. Following SON depletion, we observed altered splicing of HDAC6 reporter transcripts that showed exclusion of exons 27 and 28, reflecting the splicing patterns of endogenous HDAC6 mRNA. Importantly, loss of HDAC6 biological function was also observed, as indicated by truncated HDAC6 protein and corresponding absence of aggresome assembly activities of HDAC6 binding-of-ubiquitin zinc finger (BUZ) domain. We therefore propose that SON-mediated splicing regulation of HDAC6 is essential for supporting protein degradation pathways that prevent human disease. View Full-Text
Keywords: pre-mRNA splicing; SON/NREBP; HDAC6; gene expression; BUZ domain; aggresome pre-mRNA splicing; SON/NREBP; HDAC6; gene expression; BUZ domain; aggresome

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Battini, V.P.; Bubulya, A.; Bubulya, P.A. Accurate Splicing of HDAC6 Pre-mRNA Requires SON. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2015, 16, 5886-5899.

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