U2AF homolog required for splicing in vivo

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Science  22 Oct 1993:
Vol. 262, Issue 5133, pp. 573-575
DOI: 10.1126/science.8211184


Several fission yeast temperature-sensitive mutants defective in pre-mRNA processing (prp- mutants) at the nonpermissive temperature have been identified. Here, the prp2+ gene has been cloned by its ability to complement the temperature-sensitive growth defect of a prp2- mutant. The gene also corrects the pre-mRNA splicing defect of prp2- mutants and encodes a 59-kilodalton polypeptide (PRP2). A molecular characterization indicates that PRP2 is a previously uncharacterized yeast splicing factor with extensive similarity to the mammalian splicing factor U2AF65. Thus, this study provides evidence that a U2AF homolog participates in RNA processing in vivo.