Ribosome-associated ncRNAs (rancRNAs) An emerging class of translation regulators

Polacek, Norbert (9 September 2015). Ribosome-associated ncRNAs (rancRNAs) An emerging class of translation regulators (Unpublished). In: Protein synthesis and translational control. Heidelberg, Deutschland. 09.–13.09.2015.

Small non-protein-coding RNA (ncRNA) molecules represent major contributors to regulatory networks in controlling gene expression in a highly efficient manner. Most of the recently discovered regulatory ncRNAs acting on translation target the mRNA rather than the ribosome (e.g.: miRNAs, siRNAs, antisense RNAs).
To address the question, whether ncRNA regulators exist that are capable of modulating the rate of protein production by directly interacting with the ribosome, we have analyzed the small ncRNA interactomes of ribosomes. Deep-sequencing analyses revealed thousands of putative rancRNAs in various model organisms (1,2). For a subset of these ncRNA candidates we have gathered experimental evidence that they associate with ribosomes in a stress-dependent manner and fine-tune the rate of protein biosynthesis (3,4). Many of the investigated rancRNAs appear to be processing products of larger functional RNAs, such as tRNAs (2,3), mRNAs (3), or snoRNAs (2). Post-transcriptional cleavage of RNA to generate smaller fragments is a widespread mechanism that enlarges the structural and functional complexity of cellular RNomes.
Our data disclose the ribosome as target for small regulatory RNAs. rancRNAs are found in all domains of life and represent a prevalent but so far largely unexplored class of regulatory molecules (5). Ongoing work in our lab revealed first insight into rancRNA processing and mechanism of this emerging class of translation regulators.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)


08 Faculty of Science > Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences (DCBP)

UniBE Contributor:

Polacek, Norbert


500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
500 Science > 540 Chemistry




Christina Schüpbach

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28 Jan 2016 16:14

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05 Dec 2022 14:51



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