Sequence-specific affinity selection of mammalian splicing complexes

Ursula Ryder, Brian S. Sproat, Angus I. Lamond (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    Antisense oligonucleotides made of 2′-OMe RNA are shown to bind specifically and efficiently to targeted sites on pre-mRNA substrates, allowing affinity selection of splicing complexes using streptavidin/blotin chromatography. The position of probe binding to the pre-mRNA influences which type of splicing complex can be selected. The accessibility of pre-mRNA sequences to antisense probes changes during the course of the splicing reaction. U1, U2, U4, U5 and U6 snRNAs are all detected in affinity-selected mammalian splicing complexes. However, antisense oligonucleotides targeted to snRNAs can block the binding of specific snRNPs to pre-mRNA. Quantitative affinity selection analyses show that only a small fraction of snRNPs in a HeLa nuclear splicing extract participate in spliceosome formation.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)7373-7379
    Number of pages7
    JournalNucleic Acids Research
    Issue number24
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1990

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Genetics


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