Transcriptome-wide Interrogation of the Functional Intronome by Spliceosome Profiling

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RNA Therapeutics Institute; Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology; Program in Bioinformatics and Integrative Biology; Program in Systems Biology

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Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Structural Biology | Bioinformatics | Computational Biology


Full understanding of eukaryotic transcriptomes and how they respond to different conditions requires deep knowledge of all sites of intron excision. Although RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) provides much of this information, the low abundance of many spliced transcripts (often due to their rapid cytoplasmic decay) limits the ability of RNA-seq alone to reveal the full repertoire of spliced species. Here, we present "spliceosome profiling," a strategy based on deep sequencing of RNAs co-purifying with late-stage spliceosomes. Spliceosome profiling allows for unambiguous mapping of intron ends to single-nucleotide resolution and branchpoint identification at unprecedented depths. Our data reveal hundreds of new introns in S. pombe and numerous others that were previously misannotated. By providing a means to directly interrogate sites of spliceosome assembly and catalysis genome-wide, spliceosome profiling promises to transform our understanding of RNA processing in the nucleus, much as ribosome profiling has transformed our understanding mRNA translation in the cytoplasm.

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Cell. 2018 May 3;173(4):1031-1044.e13. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2018.03.062. Link to article on publisher's site

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