LRPPRC-mediated folding of the mitochondrial transcriptome

Stefan J. Siira, Henrik Spåhr, Anne Marie J. Shearwood, Benedetta Ruzzenente, Nils Göran Larsson, Oliver Rackham, Aleksandra Filipovska

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The expression of the compact mammalian mitochondrial genome requires transcription, RNA processing, translation and RNA decay, much like the more complex chromosomal systems, and here we use it as a model system to understand the fundamental aspects of gene expression. Here we combine RNase footprinting with PAR-CLIP at unprecedented depth to reveal the importance of RNA-protein interactions in dictating RNA folding within the mitochondrial transcriptome. We show that LRPPRC, in complex with its protein partner SLIRP, binds throughout the mitochondrial transcriptome, with a preference for mRNAs, and its loss affects the entire secondary structure and stability of the transcriptome. We demonstrate that the LRPPRC-SLIRP complex is a global RNA chaperone that stabilizes RNA structures to expose the required sites for translation, stabilization, and polyadenylation. Our findings reveal a general mechanism where extensive RNA-protein interactions ensure that RNA is accessible for its biological functions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1532
JournalNature Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017


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