Pre-spliceosome formation in S.pombe requires a stable complex of SF1-U2AF59-U2AF23

Tao Huang, Josep Vilardell, Charles C. Query

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We have initiated a biochemical analysis of splicing complexes in extracts from the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe. Extracts of S.pombe contain high levels of the spliceosome-like U2/5/6 tri-snRNP, which dissociates into mono-snRNPs in the presence of ATP, and supports binding of U2 snRNP to the 3′ end of introns, yielding a weak ATP-independent E complex and the stable ATP-dependent complex A. The requirements for S.pombe complex A formation (pre-mRNA sequence elements, protein splicing factors, SF1/BBP and both subunits of U2AF) are analogous to those of mammalian complex A. The S.pombe SF1/BBP, U2AF59 and U2AF23 are tightly associated in a novel complex that is required for complex A formation. This pre-formed SF1-U2AF59-U2AF23 complex may represent a streamlined mechanism for recognition of the branch site, pyrimidine tract and 3′ splice site at the 3′ end of introns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5516-5526
Number of pages11
JournalEMBO Journal
Issue number20
StatePublished - Oct 15 2002


  • S.pombe
  • SF1/BBP
  • U2/5/6 tri-snRNP
  • U2AF/U2 SnRNP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)


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