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We have examined the cytological localization of rRNA synthesis, transport, and processing events within the mammalian cell nucleolus by double-label fluorescent in situ hybridization analysis using probes for small selected segments of pre-rRNA, which have known half-lives. In particular, a probe for an extremely short-lived 5′ region that is not found separate of the pre-rRNA identifies nascent transcripts within the nucleolus of an intact active cell, while other characterized probes identify molecules at different stages in the rRNA processing pathway. Through these studies, visualized by confocal and normal light microscopy, we (1) confirm that rDNA transcription occurs in small foci within nucleoli (2) show that the nascent pre-rRNA transcripts and most likely also the rDNA templates are surprisingly extended in the nucleolus, (3) provide evidence that the 5′ end of the nascent rRNA transcript moves more rapidly away from the template DNA than does the 3′ end of the newly released transcript, and (4) demonstrate that the various subsequent rRNA processing steps occur sequentially further from the transcription site, with each early processing event taking place in a distinct nucleolar subdomain. These last three points are contrary to the generally accepted paradigms of nucleolar organization and function. Our findings also imply that the nucleolus is considerably more complex than the conventional view, inferred from electron micrographs, of only three kinds of regions-fibrillar centers, dense fibrillar components, and granular components-for the dense fibrillar component evidently consists of several functionally distinct sub-domains that correlate with different steps of ribosome biogenesis.

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Cells depleted of Nop15p are defective in 60S subunit synthesis and pre‐rRNA processing

Nucleolus: Structure and Function

AB - Specific hybridization assays for intermediates in rRNA synthesis (pre- rRNA) may become useful fur monitoring the growth activity of individual microbial species in complex natural systems. This possibility depends upon the assumption that rRNA processing in microbial cells continues after growth and pre-rRNA synthesis cease, resulting in drainage of the pre-rRNA pool. This is not the case in many eukaryotic cells, but less is known about the situation in bacteria. Therefore, we used DNA probes to measure steady-state cellular pre-16S rRNA pools during growth slate transitions in Escherichia coli. Pre-16S rRNA became undetectable when cells entered the stationary phase on rich medium and was replenished upon restoration of favorable growth conditions. These fluctuations were of much greater magnitude than concurrent fluctuations in the mature 16S rRNA pool. The extent of pre-16S rRNA depletion depended upon the circumstances limiting growth. It was significantly more pronounced in carbon-energy-starved cells than in nitrogen-starved cells or in cells treated with energy uncouplers. In the presence of the transcriptional inhibitor rifampin, rates of pre-16S rRNA depletion in carbon-energy-starved cells and nitrogen-starved cells were similar, suggesting that the difference between these conditions resides primarily at the level of pre-rRNA synthesis. Chloramphenicol, which inhibits the final steps in rRNA maturation, halted pre-16S rRNA depletion under all conditions. The data show that E. coli cells continue to process pre-rRNA after growth and rrn operon transcription cease, leading to drainage of the pre-rRNA pool. This supports the feasibility of using pre-rRNA-targeted probes to monitor bacterial growth in natural systems, with the caveat that patterns of pre-rRNA depletion vary with the conditions limiting growth.

Protein Synthesis -Translation and Regulation

N2 - We have examined the cytological localization of rRNA synthesis, transport, and processing events within the mammalian cell nucleolus by double-label fluorescent in situ hybridization analysis using probes for small selected segments of pre-rRNA, which have known half-lives. In particular, a probe for an extremely short-lived 5′ region that is not found separate of the pre-rRNA identifies nascent transcripts within the nucleolus of an intact active cell, while other characterized probes identify molecules at different stages in the rRNA processing pathway. Through these studies, visualized by confocal and normal light microscopy, we (1) confirm that rDNA transcription occurs in small foci within nucleoli (2) show that the nascent pre-rRNA transcripts and most likely also the rDNA templates are surprisingly extended in the nucleolus, (3) provide evidence that the 5′ end of the nascent rRNA transcript moves more rapidly away from the template DNA than does the 3′ end of the newly released transcript, and (4) demonstrate that the various subsequent rRNA processing steps occur sequentially further from the transcription site, with each early processing event taking place in a distinct nucleolar subdomain. These last three points are contrary to the generally accepted paradigms of nucleolar organization and function. Our findings also imply that the nucleolus is considerably more complex than the conventional view, inferred from electron micrographs, of only three kinds of regions-fibrillar centers, dense fibrillar components, and granular components-for the dense fibrillar component evidently consists of several functionally distinct sub-domains that correlate with different steps of ribosome biogenesis.

Prp43 Bound at Different Sites on the Pre-rRNA Performs Distinct Functions in Ribosome Synthesis
Analysis of the localization of fibrillarin and sites of pre-rRNA synthesis in the nucleolus-like bodies of mouse GV oocytes after mild treatment with proteinase K

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SIRT7 is an NAD+-dependent protein deacetylase with important roles in ribosome biogenesis and cell proliferation. Previous studies have established that SIRT7 is associated with RNA polymerase I, interacts with pre-ribosomal RNA (rRNA) and promotes rRNA synthesis. Here we show that SIRT7 is also associated with small nucleolar RNP (snoRNPs) that are involved in pre-rRNA processing and rRNA maturation. Knockdown of SIRT7 impairs U3 snoRNA dependent early cleavage steps that are necessary for generation of 18S rRNA. Mechanistically, SIRT7 deacetylates U3-55k, a core component of the U3 snoRNP complex, and reversible acetylation of U3-55k modulates the association of U3-55k with U3 snoRNA. Deacetylation by SIRT7 enhances U3-55k binding to U3 snoRNA, which is a prerequisite for pre-rRNA processing. Under stress conditions, SIRT7 is released from nucleoli, leading to hyperacetylation of U3-55k and attenuation of pre-rRNA processing. The results reveal a multifaceted role of SIRT7 in ribosome biogenesis, regulating both transcription and processing of rRNA.

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The nucleolus, the site of pre-ribosomal RNA (pre-rRNA) synthesis and processing in eukaryotic cells, contains a number of small nucleolar RNAs (snoRNAs). Yeast U3 snoRNA is required for the processing of 18S rRNA from larger precursors and contains a region complementary to the pre-rRNA. Substitution mutations in the pre-rRNA which disrupt this base pairing potential are lethal and prevent synthesis of 18S rRNA. These mutant pre-rRNAs show defects in processing which closely resemble the effects of genetic depletion of components of the U3 snoRNP. Co-expression of U3 snoRNAs which carry compensatory mutations allows the mutant pre-rRNAs to support viability and synthesize 18S rRNA at high levels. Pre-rRNA processing steps which are blocked by the external transcribed spacer region mutations are largely restored by expression of the compensatory U3 mutants. Pre-rRNA processing therefore requires direct base pairing between snoRNA and the substrate. Base pairing with the substrate is thus a common feature of small RNAs involved in mRNA and rRNA maturation.

Here, we tested the effectiveness of pre-rRNA synthesis inhibitor CX-5461 on acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells with different cytogenetic abnormalities.

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Fibrillarin is present in the inner NLB mass of all oocytes capable of synthesizing rRNA; however, it is not colocalized with BrUTP microinjected into oocytes in order to identify transcribed ribosomal genes, in contrast to the “surface” fibrillarin.