Horizons in Molecular Biology 2017

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Horizons in Molecular Biology 2017: Interactions between transcription, splicing and chromatin

  • Datum: 13.09.2017
  • Uhrzeit: 09:30 - 10:15
  • Vortragender: Jean Beggs
  • Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh
  • Ort: Max-Planck-Institut für biophysikalische Chemie (MPIBPC)
  • Raum: Manfred Eigen Hall
  • Gastgeber: Horizons in Molecular Biology
  • Kontakt: participants.horizons@mpibpc.mpg.de
Plenary lecture of the 14th annual Horizons in Molecular Biology International PhD Symposium
Splicing is the process of removing introns from precursor messenger RNAs, joining adjacent exons to produce spliced mRNA. There is extensive evidence that in both metazoans and budding yeast the process of splicing occurs as soon as the intron is transcribed and before transcription termination, i.e. co-transcriptionally. As a result, RNA polymerase II elongation rate can influence splicing. This coupling effect is not unidirectional. For example, my lab showed that splicing can affect transcription elongation, causing RNA polymerase to pause transiently while splicing takes place. More recently, links between splicing and chromatin modification have also become evident. To investigate the molecular basis of the interactions between these three important cellular process, my lab has developed methods to analyse transcription and splicing at high kinetic resolution and we combine this with rapid degradation of individual transcription, splicing and chromatin factors. Based on our results, we propose that transcription and chromatin likely respond to signals from splicing fidelity checkpoints that may be related to decisions regarding alternative splicing events in higher eukaryotes.

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