Crooked neck is a component of the human spliceosome and implicated in the splicing process.

TitleCrooked neck is a component of the human spliceosome and implicated in the splicing process.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
JournalBiochimica et biophysica acta
Volume1576
Issue3
Pagination287-97
Date Published2002
ISSN0006-3002
Abstract

The Drosophila crooked neck (crn) gene is essential for embryogenesis and has been implicated in cell cycle progression and in pre-mRNA splicing although a direct role in either process has not been established. Here we report isolation of the human crooked neck homolog, HCRN, and provide evidence for its function in splicing. HCRN encodes an unusual protein composed largely of tetratricopeptide repeat (TPR) elements. The crooked neck protein co-localizes with the SR and Sm protein splicing factors in discrete subnuclear domains implicated in snRNP biogenesis. In vitro assembly experiments show that an 83 kDa hcrn isoform is stably recruited to splicing complexes coincident with the addition of the U4/U6.U5 tri-snRNP particle. Crooked neck activity appears essential as extracts depleted of hcrn fail to splice pre-mRNA. These and related data support the view that crooked neck is a phylogenetically conserved pre-mRNA splicing factor.

URLhttp://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0167478102003688
Short TitleBiochim Biophys Acta
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