Comprehensive analysis of the BC200 ribonucleoprotein reveals a reciprocal regulatory function with CSDE1/UNR

Evan P. Booy, Ewan K.S. McRae, Peyman Ezzati, Taegi Choi, Daniel Gussakovsky, Sean A. McKenna

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BC200 is a long non-coding RNA primarily expressed in brain but aberrantly expressed in various cancers. To gain a further understanding of the function of BC200, we performed proteomic analyses of the BC200 ribonucleoprotein (RNP) by transfection of 3 DIG-labelled BC200. Protein binding partners of the functionally related murine RNA BC1 as well as a scrambled BC200 RNA were also assessed in both human and mouse cell lines. Stringent validation of proteins identified by mass spectrometry confirmed 14 of 84 protein binding partners and excluded eight proteins that did not appreciably bind BC200 in reverse experiments. Gene ontology analyses revealed general roles in RNA metabolic processes, RNA processing and splicing. Protein/RNA interaction sites were mapped with a series of RNA truncations revealing three distinct modes of interaction involving either the 5 Alu-domain, 3 A-rich or 3 C-rich regions. Due to their high enrichment values in reverse experiments, CSDE1 and STRAP were further analyzed demonstrating a direct interaction between CSDE1 and BC200 and indirect binding of STRAP to BC200 via heterodimerization with CSDE1. Knock-down studies identified a reciprocal regulatory relationship between CSDE1 and BC200 and immunofluorescence analysis of BC200 knockdown cells demonstrated a dramatic reorganization of CSDE1 into distinct nuclear foci.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11575-11591
Number of pages17
JournalNucleic Acids Research
Issue number21
StatePublished - Nov 30 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics


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