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    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Crystal structure of human U1 snRNP, a small nuclear ribonucleoprotein particle, reveals the mechanism of 5′ splice site recognition

    Yasushi Kondo et al.
    The complete architecture of human spliceosomal U1 snRNP and its interaction with the 5′ splice site of pre-mRNA are described in atomic detail.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Dynamics and consequences of spliceosome E complex formation

    Joshua Donald Larson, Aaron A Hoskins
    Single molecule fluorescence analysis of spliceosome E complex formation reveals how tuning of U1 binding to the 5' SS facilitates efficient capture of the snRNP by pre-mRNAs.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Kinetic competition during the transcription cycle results in stochastic RNA processing

    Antoine Coulon et al.
    Real-time single-molecule visualization of transcription and splicing in living cells reveals that RNA synthesis and processing can occur through multiple pathways on the same gene.
    1. Cancer Biology

    Cancer Therapeutics: Partial loss of genes might open therapeutic window

    Bo Liu, Omar Abdel-Wahab
    The loss of genes that encode RNA splicing factors weakens cancer cells in a way that could be exploited by new approaches to treatment.
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    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Srsf10 and the minor spliceosome control tissue-specific and dynamic SR protein expression

    Stefan Meinke et al.
    Competition between minor and major splice sites in SRSF10 controls cell type-dependent expression of all SR-proteins and reveals a global impact of the minor spliceosome on major intron splicing.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Viral miRNA adaptor differentially recruits miRNAs to target mRNAs through alternative base-pairing

    Carlos Gorbea et al.
    iRICC, a new method to identify RNA-RNA interactions in vivo, provides mechanistic insight into the function of a viral non-coding RNA.
    1. Cell Biology

    Splicing factors Sf3A2 and Prp31 have direct roles in mitotic chromosome segregation

    Claudia Pellacani et al.
    Extensive cytological and biochemical analyses show that the conserved Sf3A2 and Prp31 splicing factors bind microtubules and the Ndc80 complex, playing direct mitotic functions in both Drosophila and human mitosis.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    The genome of the crustacean Parhyale hawaiensis, a model for animal development, regeneration, immunity and lignocellulose digestion

    Damian Kao et al.
    The first malacostracan genome sequence will establish the genetically tractable Parhyale hawaiensis as a model organism in this key animal group.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Computational and Systems Biology

    Nanopore direct RNA sequencing maps the complexity of Arabidopsis mRNA processing and m6A modification

    Matthew T Parker et al.
    Sequencing mRNA directly with nanopores can reveal the authentic combinations of multiple mRNA processing events in full-length mRNA molecules in addition to identifying base modifications.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    YTHDC1 mediates nuclear export of N6-methyladenosine methylated mRNAs

    Ian A Roundtree et al.
    YTHDC1 facilitates selective clearance of N6-methyladenosine methylated mRNAs from the nucleus to the cytoplasm through binding by nuclear 'reader' proteins and incorporation into the canonical mRNA export pathway.