Pet127 governs a 5′ →3′-exonuclease important in maturation of apocytochrome b mRNA in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Zsuzsanna Fekete, Timothy P. Ellis, Melissa S. Schonauer, Carol L. Dieckmann

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The details of mRNA maturation in Saccharomyces mitochondria are not well understood. All seven mRNAs are transcribed as part of multigenic units. The mRNAs are processed at a common 3′-dodecamer sequence, but the 5′-ends have seven different sequences. To investigate whether apocytochrome b (COB) mRNAis processed at the 5′-end from a longer precursor by an endonuclease or an exonuclease, a 64-nucleotide sequence, which is required for the protection of COB mRNA by the Cbp1 protein and is found at the 5′-end of the processed COB mRNA,was duplicated in tandem. The wild-type 64-nucleotide element functioned in either the upstream or downstream position when paired with a mutant element. In the tandem wild-type strain, the 5′-end of them RNA was at the 5′-end of the upstream unit, demonstrating that them RNA is processed by an exonuclease. Accumulation of precursor COB RNA in single and double element strains with a deletion of PET127 demonstrated that the encoded protein governs the 5′-exonuclease responsible for processing the precursor to the mature form.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3767-3772
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number7
StatePublished - Feb 15 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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