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LINE-1 protein localization and functional dynamics during the cell cycle

  1. Paolo Mita  Is a corresponding author
  2. Aleksandra Wudzinska
  3. Xiaoji Sun
  4. Joshua Andrade
  5. Shruti Nayak
  6. David J Kahler
  7. Sana Badri
  8. John LaCava
  9. Beatrix Ueberheide
  10. Chi Y Yun
  11. David Fenyö
  12. Jef D Boeke  Is a corresponding author
  1. NYU Langone Medical Center, United States
  2. The Rockefeller University, United States
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Cite as: eLife 2018;7:e30058 doi: 10.7554/eLife.30058

Abstract

LINE-1/L1 retrotransposon sequences comprise 17% of the human genome. Among the many classes of mobile genetic elements, L1 is the only autonomous retrotransposon that still drives human genomic plasticity today. Through its co-evolution with the human genome, L1 has intertwined itself with host cell biology. However, a clear understanding of L1's lifecycle and the processes involved in restricting its insertion and intragenomic spread remains elusive. Here we identify modes of L1 proteins' entrance into the nucleus, a necessary step for L1 proliferation. Using functional, biochemical, and imaging approaches, we also show a clear cell cycle bias for L1 retrotransposition that peaks during the S phase. Our observations provide a basis for novel interpretations about the nature of nuclear and cytoplasmic L1 ribonucleoproteins (RNPs) and the potential role of DNA replication in L1 retrotransposition.

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  1. Paolo Mita

    Institute for Systems Genetics, Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, United States
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    paolo.mita@nyumc.org
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    The authors declare that no competing interests exist.
    ORCID icon 0000-0002-2093-4906
  2. Aleksandra Wudzinska

    Institute for Systems Genetics, Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, United States
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  3. Xiaoji Sun

    Institute for Systems Genetics, Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, United States
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  4. Joshua Andrade

    Proteomics Laboratory, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, United States
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  5. Shruti Nayak

    Proteomics Laboratory, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, United States
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    The authors declare that no competing interests exist.
  6. David J Kahler

    High Throughput Biology (HTB) Laboratory, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, United States
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  7. Sana Badri

    Department of Pathology, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, United States
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    The authors declare that no competing interests exist.
  8. John LaCava

    Laboratory of Cellular and Structural Biology, The Rockefeller University, New York, United States
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    ORCID icon 0000-0002-6307-7713
  9. Beatrix Ueberheide

    Institute for Systems Genetics, Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, United States
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    The authors declare that no competing interests exist.
  10. Chi Y Yun

    High Throughput Biology (HTB) Laboratory, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, United States
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    The authors declare that no competing interests exist.
  11. David Fenyö

    Institute for Systems Genetics, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, United States
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    The authors declare that no competing interests exist.
    ORCID icon 0000-0001-5049-3825
  12. Jef D Boeke

    Institute for Systems Genetics, Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, United States
    For correspondence
    jef.boeke@nyumc.org
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    The authors declare that no competing interests exist.
    ORCID icon 0000-0001-5322-4946

Funding

National Institutes of Health (P50GM107632)

  • Jef D Boeke

National Cancer Institute (NIH/NCI P30CA16087)

  • Chi Y Yun

National Institutes of Health (1S10OD010582)

  • Chi Y Yun

NYSTEM (Contract C026719)

  • Chi Y Yun

The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.

Reviewing Editor

  1. Stephen P Goff, Reviewing Editor, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Columbia University, United States

Publication history

  1. Received: July 1, 2017
  2. Accepted: January 4, 2018
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: January 8, 2018 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: February 21, 2018 (version 2)

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© 2018, Mita et al.

This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License permitting unrestricted use and redistribution provided that the original author and source are credited.

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