The splicing factor PSF is part of a large complex that assembles in the absence of pre-mRNA and contains all five snRNPs.

Peng R, Hawkins I, Link AJ, Patton JG
RNA Biol. 2006 3 (2): 69-76

PMID: 17114945 · DOI:10.4161/rna.3.2.3017

PSF (PTB-associated splicing factor) is a large nuclear protein that has been implicated in numerous processes including transcription and RNA splicing. It has been shown to directly associate with U5 snRNA and has also been found within numerous purified splicing complexes. Here, we show that when HeLa nuclear extracts are adjusted to splicing conditions, PSF is found as part of a large complex that contains all five snRNPs and most known splicing factors. Formation of the complex does not require addition of exogenous pre-mRNA substrate and occurs at 4 degrees C but is salt sensitive. Sedimentation experiments and identification of individual components by mass spectrometry revealed association with multiple nuclear factors, most of which overlap with spliceosome components.

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Alternative Splicing Animals Exons HeLa Cells Humans Mass Spectrometry PTB-Associated Splicing Factor Ribonucleoproteins, Small Nuclear RNA, Messenger RNA, Small Nuclear RNA-Binding Proteins RNA Splicing Saccharomyces cerevisiae Spliceosomes Transcription, Genetic

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