Raymond T. O’Keefe

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Intron removal during pre-messenger RNA (pre-mRNA) splicing involves arrangement of snRNAs into conformations that promote the two catalytic steps. The Prp19 complex [nineteen complex (NTC)] can specify U5 and U6 snRNA interactions with pre-mRNA during spliceosome activation. A candidate for linking the NTC to the snRNAs is the NTC protein Cwc2, which(More)
Pre-mRNA splicing is an essential step in gene expression that removes intron sequences efficiently and accurately to produce a mature mRNA for translation. It is the large and dynamic RNA-protein complex called the spliceosome that catalyzes intron removal. To carry out splicing the spliceosome not only needs to assemble correctly with the pre-mRNA but the(More)
Activation of pre-messenger RNA (pre-mRNA) splicing requires 5' splice site recognition by U1 small nuclear RNA (snRNA), which is replaced by U5 and U6 snRNA. Here we use crosslinking to investigate snRNA interactions with the 5' exon adjacent to the 5' splice site, prior to the first step of splicing. U1 snRNA was found to interact with four different 5'(More)
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