SRp54 (SFRS11), a regulator for tau exon 10 alternative splicing identified by an expression cloning strategy

Jane Y. Wu*, Amar Kar, David Kuo, Bing Yu, Necat Havlioglu

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The tau gene encodes a microtubule-associated protein that is critical for neuronal survival and function. Splicing defects in the human tau gene lead to frontotemporal dementia with Parkinsonism linked to chromosome 17 (FTDP-17), an autosomal dominant neurodegenerative disorder. Genetic mutations associated with FTDP-17 often affect tau exon 10 alternative splicing. To investigate mechanisms regulating tau exon 10 alternative splicing, we have developed a green fluorescent protein reporter for tau exon 10 skipping and an expression cloning strategy to identify splicing regulators. A role for SRp54 (also named SFRS11) as a tau exon 10 splicing repressor has been uncovered using this strategy. The overexpression of SRp54 suppresses tau exon 10 inclusion. RNA interference-mediated knock-down of SRp54 increases exon 10 inclusion. SRp54 interacts with a purine-rich element in exon 10 and antagonizes Tra2β, an SR-domain-containing protein that enhances exon 10 inclusion. Deletion of this exonic element eliminates the activity of SRp54 in suppressing exon 10 inclusion. Our data support a role of SRp54 in regulating tau exon 10 splicing. These experiments also establish a generally useful approach for identifying trans-acting regulators of alternative splicing by expression cloning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6739-6747
Number of pages9
JournalMolecular and cellular biology
Issue number18
StatePublished - Sep 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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