Nop53p is required for late 60S ribosome subunit maturation and nuclear export in yeast

E Thomson, D Tollervey

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Abstract

We report that Ypl146cp/Nop53p is associated with pre-60S ribosomal complexes and localized to the nucleolus and nucleoplasm. in cells depleted of Nop53p synthesis of the rRNA components of the 60S ribosomal subunit is severely inhibited, with strikingly strong accumulation of the 7S pre-rRNA and a 5' extended form of the 25S rRNA. In cells depleted of Nop53p pre-60S subunits accumulate in the nucleus. However, a heterokaryon assay demonstrated that Nop53p is not transferred between nuclei, indicating that it is not released into the cytoplasm. We conclude that Nop53p is a late-acting factor in the nuclear maturation of 60S ribosomal subunits, which is required for normal acquisition of export competence. The strong accumulation of preribosomes in the Nop53p-depleted strain further suggests that it may participate in targeting aberrant preribosomes to surveillance and degradation pathways.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1215-1224
Number of pages10
JournalRNA
Volume11
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2005

Keywords

  • nucleolus
  • ribosome synthesis
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae
  • RNA surveillance

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