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Human cells contain natural double-stranded RNAs with potential regulatory capacity

ABSTRACT: Although recent evidence suggests that overlapping sense/antisense transcription is a common feature in higher eukaryotes, the possibility that overlapping transcripts could interact to each other and bear a specific biological function has not been explored. Here we show that a plethora of sense/antisense transcript pairs are co-expressed from 8q24.21 within the same cell and acquire a stable double-stranded RNA conformation. Interestingly, these molecules display predominantly nuclear localization and establish specific interactions with nuclear components. A detailed characterization of a particular sense/antisense pair (ndsRNA-2a) revealed that this molecule displays differential localization throughout the cell cycle, interacts with RCC1 and RAN and through the latter with the mitotic RANGAP1-SUMO1/RANBP2 complex. Notably, an increased number of bi/multi-nucleated cells and chromatin bridges were observed upon ndsRNA-2a overexpression, whereas strand-specific ndsRNA-2a knockdown leads to mitotic catastrophe and cell death. This suggests a functional role of ndsRNA-2a in cell cycle progression that critically requires its double stranded nature. Finally, the identification of hundreds of sense/antisense transcripts pairs harboring ndsRNA profile signatures and their regulation by cellular cues suggests that ndsRNAs constitute a novel class of regulatory molecules that are likely to be involved in a plethora of biological processes. PLB985 long (3x datasets) and small (3x datasets) strand specific RNA-Seq for captured RNAs. Global PLB985 for long (2x datasets) and small RNAs (2x datasets). Global libraries for EtOH (vehicle) treated (1x dataset) or retinoic acid induced differentiated PLB985 cells (1x dataset).

ORGANISM(S): Homo sapiens  

SUBMITTER: Hinrich Gronemeyer  Maximiliano M. Portal   Maximiliano M Portal    

PROVIDER: E-GEOD-62930 | ArrayExpress | 2015-01-02



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Human cells contain natural double-stranded RNAs with potential regulatory functions.

Portal Maximiliano M MM   Pavet Valeria V   Erb Cathie C   Gronemeyer Hinrich H  

Nature structural & molecular biology 20141215 1

Recent evidence has suggested the existence of sense-antisense transcription in mammals, but the existence of double-stranded RNAs endowed with biological function has remained elusive. Herein we show that hundreds of putative natural double-stranded RNAs (ndsRNAs) are expressed from interspersed genomic locations and respond to cellular cues. We demonstrate that a subset of ndsRNAs localize in the nucleus and, in their double-stranded form, interact with nuclear proteins. Detailed characterizat  ...[more]

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