Two structurally different RNA molecules are bound by the spliceosomal protein U1A using the same recognition strategy.


BACKGROUND Human U1A protein binds to hairpin II of U1 small nuclear RNA (snRNA) and, together with other proteins, forms the U1 snRNP essential in pre-mRNA splicing. U1A protein also binds to the 3' untranslated region (3'UTR) of its own pre-mRNA, inhibiting polyadenylation of the 3'end and thereby downregulating its own expression. The 3'UTR folds into an… (More)


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