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Dicer recognizes the 5 ' end of RNA for efficient and accurate processing

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Authors
Park, Jong-Eun; Heo, Inha; Tian, Yuan; Simanshu, Dhirendra K.; Chang, Hyeshik; Jee, David; Patel, Dinshaw J.; Kim, V. Narry
Issue Date
2011-07
Citation
Nature, Vol.475 No.7355, pp.201-205
Abstract
A hallmark of RNA silencing is a class of approximately 22-nucleotide RNAs that are processed from double-stranded RNA precursors by Dicer. Accurate processing by Dicer is crucial for the functionality of microRNAs (miRNAs). The current model posits that Dicer selects cleavage sites by measuring a set distance from the 3' overhang of the double-stranded RNA terminus. Here we report that human Dicer anchors not only the 3' end but also the 5' end, with the cleavage site determined mainly by the distance (similar to 2 nucleotides) from the 5' end (5' counting rule). This cleavage requires a 5'-terminal phosphate group. Further, we identify a novel basic motif (5' pocket) in human Dicer that recognizes the 5'-phosphorylated end. The 5' counting rule and the 5' anchoring residues are conserved in Drosophila Dicer-1, but not in Giardia Dicer. Mutations in the 5' pocket reduce processing efficiency and alter cleavage sites in vitro. Consistently, miRNA biogenesis is perturbed in vivo when Dicer-null embryonic stem cells are replenished with the 5'-pocket mutant. Thus, 5'-end recognition by Dicer is important for precise and effective biogenesis of miRNAs. Insights from this study should also afford practical benefits to the design of small hairpin RNAs.
ISSN
0028-0836
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/171923
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1038/nature10198
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