We report the characterization of a novel factor, Nob1p (Yor056c), which is essential for the synthesis of 40S ribosome subunits. Genetic depletion of Nob1p strongly inhibits the processing of the 20S pre-rRNA to the mature 18S rRNA, leading to the accumulation of high levels of the 20S pre-rRNA together with novel degradation intermediates. 20S processing occurs within a pre-40S particle after its export from the nucleus to the cytoplasm. Consistent with a direct role in this cleavage, Nob1p was shown to be associated with the pre-40S particle and to be present in both the nucleus and the cytoplasm. This suggests that Nob1p accompanies the pre-40S ribosomes during nuclear export. Pre-40S export is not, however, inhibited by depletion of Nob1p.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Molecular and Cellular Biology|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2003|