The Arabidopsis splicing factors, AtU2AF65, AtU2AF35, and AtSF1 shuttle between nuclei and cytoplasms

Hyo Young Park, Keh Chien Lee, Yun Hee Jang, Soon Kap Kim, May Phyo Thu, Jeong Hwan Lee, Jeong Kook Kim

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Key message: TheArabidopsissplicing factors, AtU2AF65, AtU2AF35, and AtSF1 shuttle between nuclei and cytoplasms. These proteins also move rapidly and continuously in the nuclei, and their movements are affected by ATP depletion. Abstract: The U2AF65 proteins are splicing factors that interact with SF1 and U2AF35 proteins to promote U2snRNP for the recognition of the pre-mRNA 3′ splice site during early spliceosome assembly. We have determined the subcellular localization and movement of these proteins’ Arabidopsis homologs. It was found that Arabidopsis U2AF65 homologs, AtU2AF65a, and AtU2AF65b proteins interact with AtU2AF35a and AtU2AF35b, which are Arabidopsis U2AF35 homologs. We have examined the mobility of these proteins including AtSF1 using fluorescence recovery after photobleaching and fluorescence loss in photobleaching analyses. These proteins displayed dynamic movements in nuclei and their movements were affected by ATP depletion. We have also demonstrated that these proteins shuttle between nuclei and cytoplasms, suggesting that they may also function in cytoplasm. These results indicate that such splicing factors show very similar characteristics to their human counterparts, suggesting evolutionary conservation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1113-1123
Number of pages11
JournalPlant Cell Reports
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jul 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea, funded by the Ministry of Education (to J.-K. Kim), and by a Korea University Grant (to J.-K. Kim).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.


  • Dynamic movement
  • FLIP
  • FRAP
  • SF1
  • Shuttling
  • U2AF35
  • U2AF65

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Plant Science


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