Proteomic diversity is frequently achieved by alternative RNA-splicing events that can be fine-tuned in tissue-specific and developmentally regulated ways. Understanding this type of genetic regulation is compelling because of the extensive complexity of alternative splicing found in the nervous system. quaking (qk), one of the classical mouse dysmyelination mutants, is defective for the expression of myelin-associated glycoprotein (MAG), and the misregulation of MAG pre-mRNA alternative splicing is implicated as a causal factor. The qk locus encodes several RNA-binding proteins with heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein K-type homology, a characteristic of several known alternative splicing regulators. Here we test the nuclear-localized qk isoform (QKI-5) for its ability to regulate alternative splicing of MAG pre-mRNA in transient coexpression assays. QKI-5 exhibits properties of a negative regulator of MAG exon 12 alternative splicing. An intronic sequence element required for the repressive function and binding of QKI-5 is also identified. Direct evidence for irregularities in alternative splicing of MAG and other myelin protein transcripts in the qk mouse is demonstrated.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|State||Published - Apr 2 2002|
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