Insights into U-to-C RNA editing from the lycophyte Phylloglossum drummondii

Farley M. Kwok van der Giezen, Amy Viljoen, Leni Campbell-Clause, Nhan Trong Dao, Catherine Colas des Francs-Small, Ian Small

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The lycophyte Phylloglossum drummondii is the sole inhabitant of its genus in the Huperzioideae group and one of a small minority of plants which perform uridine to cytidine RNA editing. We assembled the P. drummondii chloroplast and mitochondrial genomes and used RNA sequence data to build a comprehensive profile of organellar RNA editing events. In addition to many C-to-U editing events in both organelles, we found just four U-to-C editing events in the mitochondrial transcripts cob, nad1, nad5 and rpl2. These events are conserved in related lycophytes in the genera Huperzia and Phlegmariurus. De novo transcriptomes for three of these lycophytes were assembled to search for putative U-to-C RNA editing enzymes. Four putative U-to-C editing factors could be matched to the four mitochondrial U-to-C editing sites. Due to the unusually few numbers of U-to-C RNA editing sites, P. drummondii and related lycophytes are useful models for studying this poorly understood mechanism.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
JournalPlant Journal
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Apr 2024


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