A U1/U4/U5 snRNP Complex Induced by a 2′-O-Methyl-Oligoribonucleotide Complementary to U5 snRNA

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Science  10 May 1996:
Vol. 272, Issue 5263, pp. 881-884
DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5263.881


Nuclear messenger RNA splicing involves multiple interactions between the five spliceosomal small nuclear ribonucleoprotein particles (snRNPs) U1, U2, U4, U5, and U6 and numerous spliceosomal proteins. Here it is shown that binding of a 2′-O-methyl-oligoribonucleotide complementary to U5 small nuclear RNA (snRNA) nucleotides 68 to 88 (BU5Ae) disrupts the initial U4/U5/U6 tri-snRNP complex, enhances the U2/U6 interaction, and induces a U1/U4/U5 snRNP complex. The U1/U4/U5 snRNP complex interacts specifically with an RNA oligonucleotide containing the 5′ splice site sequence and may therefore represent a transitional stage in the displacement of U1 from the 5′ splice site by U5 snRNP.