Apr 2, 2020

Post-transcriptional regulation of human endogenous retroviruses by RNA-Binding Motif Protein 4, RBM4

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A. K. ForoushaniStefan Adi Muljo


The human genome encodes for over 1,500 RNA-binding proteins (RBPs), which coordinate regulatory events on RNA transcripts (Gerstberger et al., 2014). Most studies of RBPs concentrate on their action on mRNAs that encode protein, which constitute a minority of the transcriptome. A widely neglected subset of our transcriptome derives from integrated retroviral elements termed endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) that comprise ~8% of the human genome. Some ERVs have been shown to be transcribed under physiological and pathological conditions suggesting that sophisticated regulatory mechanisms to coordinate and prevent their ectopic expression exist. However, it is unknown whether RBPs and ERV transcripts directly interact to provide a post-transcriptional layer of regulation. Here, we implemented a computational pipeline to determine the correlation of expression between individual RBPs and ERVs from single-cell or bulk RNA sequencing data. One of our top candidates for an RBP negatively regulating ERV expression was RNA-Binding Motif Protein 4 (RBM4). We used PAR-CLIP to demonstrate that RBM4 indeed bound ERV transcripts at CGG consensus elements. Loss of RBM4 resulted in elevated transcript level of bound ERVs of the HERV-K and -H fa...Continue Reading

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Transcription, Genetic
Statistical Test
Protein Biosynthesis
Deep Sequencing
RNA, Messenger
Case-Control Studies
Motivating Patient

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