A short motif in Drosophila SECIS Binding Protein 2 provides differential binding affinity to SECIS RNA hairpins.

TitleA short motif in Drosophila SECIS Binding Protein 2 provides differential binding affinity to SECIS RNA hairpins.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsTakeuchi A, Schmitt D, Chapple C, Babaylova E, Karpova G, Guigo R, Krol A, Allmang C
JournalNucleic Acids Res.
Volume37
Pagination2126–2141
Date PublishedApr
Abstract

Selenoproteins contain the amino acid selenocysteine which is encoded by a UGA Sec codon. Recoding UGA Sec requires a complex mechanism, comprising the cis-acting SECIS RNA hairpin in the 3'UTR of selenoprotein mRNAs, and trans-acting factors. Among these, the SECIS Binding Protein 2 (SBP2) is central to the mechanism. SBP2 has been so far functionally characterized only in rats and humans. In this work, we report the characterization of the Drosophila melanogaster SBP2 (dSBP2). Despite its shorter length, it retained the same selenoprotein synthesis-promoting capabilities as the mammalian counterpart. However, a major difference resides in the SECIS recognition pattern: while human SBP2 (hSBP2) binds the distinct form 1 and 2 SECIS RNAs with similar affinities, dSBP2 exhibits high affinity toward form 2 only. In addition, we report the identification of a K (lysine)-rich domain in all SBP2s, essential for SECIS and 60S ribosomal subunit binding, differing from the well-characterized L7Ae RNA-binding domain. Swapping only five amino acids between dSBP2 and hSBP2 in the K-rich domain conferred reversed SECIS-binding properties to the proteins, thus unveiling an important sequence for form 1 binding.

URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1093/nar/gkp07
DOI10.1093/nar/gkp078