The ubiquitin-like protein Hub1/UBL-5 associates with proteins non-covalently. Hub1 promotes alternative splicing and splicing of precursor mRNAs with weak introns in yeast and mammalian cells; however, its splicing function has remained elusive in multicellular organisms. Here, we demonstrate the splicing function of Hub1/UBL-5 in the free-living nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. Hub1/UBL-5 binds to the HIND-containing splicing factors Snu66/SART-1 and PRP-38 and associates with other spliceosomal proteins. C. elegans hub1/ubl-5 mutants die at the Larval 3 stage and show splicing defects for selected targets, similar to the mutants in yeast and mammalian cells. UBL-5 complemented growth and splicing defects in Schizosaccharomyces pombe hub1 mutants, confirming its functional conservation. Thus, UBL-5 is important for C. elegans development and plays a conserved pre-mRNA splicing function.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Structural Biology
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology