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Systematic mapping of small nucleolar RNA targets in human cells

Dunn-Davies H, Dudnakova T, Langhendries J-L, Watkins N, Lafontaine DLJ, Tollervey D
bioRxiv. 2021;[preprint] doi:10.1101/2021.07.22.451324
Altered expression of box C/D small nucleolar RNAs (snoRNAs) is implicated in human diseases, including cancer. Box C/D snoRNAs canonically direct site-specific, 2′-O-methylation but the extent to which they participate in other functions remains unclear. To identify RNA targets of box C/D snoRNAs in human cells, we applied two techniques based on UV crosslinking, proximity ligation and sequencing of RNA hybrids (CLASH and FLASH). These identified hundreds of novel snoRNA interactions with rRNA, snoRNAs and mRNAs. We developed an informatic pipeline to rigorously call interactions predicted to direct methylation. Multiple snoRNA-rRNA interactions identified were not predicted to direct RNA methylation. These potentially modulate methylation efficiency and/or contribute to folding dynamics. snoRNA-mRNA hybrids included 1,300 interactions between 117 snoRNA families and 940 mRNAs. Human U3 is substantially more abundant than other snoRNAs and represented about 50% of snoRNA-mRNA hybrids. The distribution of U3 interactions across mRNAs also differed from other snoRNAs. Following U3 depletion, mRNAs showing altered abundance were strongly enriched for U3 CLASH targets. Most human snoRNAs are excised from pre-mRNA introns. Enrichment for snoRNA association with branch point regions of introns that contain snoRNA genes was common, suggesting widespread regulation of snoRNA maturation.
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cell culture: HEK