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PUMILIO, but not RBMX, binding is required for regulation of genomic stability by noncoding RNA NORAD

  1. Mahmoud M Elguindy
  2. Florian Kopp
  3. Mohammad Goodarzi
  4. Frederick Rehfeld
  5. Anu Thomas
  6. Tsung-Cheng Chang
  7. Joshua T Mendell  Is a corresponding author
  1. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, United States
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Cite this article as: eLife 2019;8:e48625 doi: 10.7554/eLife.48625

Abstract

NORAD is a conserved long noncoding RNA (lncRNA) that is required for genome stability in mammals, and which acts as a negative regulator of PUMILIO (PUM) proteins in the cytoplasm. Previously we showed that loss of NORAD or PUM hyperactivity results in premature aging in mice (Kopp et al., 2019). Recently, however, it was reported that NORAD regulates genome stability through an interaction with the RNA binding protein RBMX in the nucleus. Here we addressed the contributions of NORAD:PUM and NORAD:RBMX interactions to genome maintenance by this lncRNA in human cells. Extensive RNA FISH and fractionation experiments established that NORAD localizes predominantly to the cytoplasm with or without DNA damage. Moreover, genetic rescue experiments demonstrated that PUM binding is required for maintenance of genomic stability by NORAD whereas binding of RBMX is dispensable for this function. These data provide an important foundation for further mechanistic dissection of the NORAD-PUMILIO axis in genome maintenance.

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  1. Mahmoud M Elguindy

    Department of Molecular Biology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, United States
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  2. Florian Kopp

    Department of Molecular Biology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, United States
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  3. Mohammad Goodarzi

    Department of Biochemistry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, United States
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  4. Frederick Rehfeld

    Department of Molecular Biology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, United States
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  5. Anu Thomas

    Department of Molecular Biology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, United States
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  6. Tsung-Cheng Chang

    Department of Molecular Biology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, United States
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  7. Joshua T Mendell

    Department of Molecular Biology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, United States
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    joshua.mendell@utsouthwestern.edu
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Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (RP160249)

  • Joshua T Mendell

National Institutes of Health (R35CA197311)

  • Joshua T Mendell

National Institutes of Health (P30CA142543)

  • Joshua T Mendell

National Institutes of Health (P50CA196516)

  • Joshua T Mendell

Welch Foundation (I-1961-20180324)

  • Joshua T Mendell

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

  • Joshua T Mendell

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

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  1. Chris P Ponting, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Publication history

  1. Received: May 22, 2019
  2. Accepted: July 22, 2019
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: July 25, 2019 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: August 2, 2019 (version 2)

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© 2019, Elguindy et al.

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