RNA sequences upstream of the 3' splice site repress splicing of mutant yeast ACT1 introns

Wendy Kivens, Paul G Siliciano

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A yeast ACT1 intron in which both the first and last intron nucleotides are mutated, the /a-c/ intron, splices 10% as well as wild type. We selected for additional cis-acting mutations that improve the splicing of /a-c/ introns and recovered small deletions upstream of the 3' splice site. For example, deletion of nucleotides -9 and -10 upstream of the 3' splice site increased the splicing activity of the /a-c/ intron to 30% that of the wildtype ACT1 intron. To determine if the increased /a-c/ splicing was due to changes in intron spacing or sequence, we made mutations that mimicked the local sequence of the Δ-9, -10 deletion without deleting any nucleotides. These mutants also increased /a-c/ splicing, indicating that the increased splicing activity was due to changes in intron sequence. The Δ-9, -10 deletion was not allele specific to the /a-c/ intron, and improved the splicing efficiency of many mutant introns with step II splicing defects. To further define the sequences required for improved splicing of mutant introns, we randomized the region upstream of the ACT1 3' splice site. We found that almost all sequence alterations improved the splicing of the /a- c/ intron. We postulate that this sequence near the 3' end of the intron represses the splicing of mutant introns, perhaps by serving as the binding site for a negative splicing factor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)492-505
Number of pages14
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1996


  • cis-elements
  • intron mutations
  • proofreading


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