Advantages and limitations of UV cross‐linking analysis of protein–RNA interactomes in microbes

Sofia Esteban‐serna, Hugh Mccaughan, Sander Granneman

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Abstract / Description of output

RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) govern the lifespan of nearly all transcripts and play key roles in adaptive responses in microbes. A robust approach to examine protein–RNA interactions involves irradiating cells with UV light to form covalent adducts between RBPs and their cognate RNAs. Combined with RNA or protein purification, these procedures can provide global RBP censuses or transcriptomic maps for all target sequences of a single protein in living cells. The recent development of novel methods has quickly populated the RBP landscape in microorganisms. Here, we provide an overview of prominent UV cross-linking techniques which have been applied to investigate RNA interactomes in microbes. By assessing their advantages and caveats, this technical evaluation intends to guide the selection of appropriate methods and experimental design as well as to encourage the use of complementary UV-dependent techniques to inspect RNA-binding activity.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
JournalMolecular Microbiology
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2023

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • microorganisms
  • protein- RNA interactions
  • proteomics
  • RNA-binding proteins
  • UV cross-linking


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