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7SL RNA in vertebrate red blood cells [REPORT]

We report that 7SL, the RNA component of the signal recognition particle (SRP), is an abundant noncoding RNA (ncRNA) in mature red blood cells (RBCs) of human, mouse, and the frog Xenopus. 7SL RNA in RBCs is not associated with the canonical proteins of the SRP. Instead, it coimmunoprecipitates from a lysate of RBCs with a number of membrane-binding proteins. Human and mouse RBCs also contain a previously undescribed 68 nt RNA, sRN7SL, derived from the "S domain" of 7SL RNA. We discuss the possibility that 7SL RNA is selectively protected from nucleases by association with the RBC membrane. Because 7SL is not associated with the canonical proteins of the SRP, it could represent a nonfunctional remnant of the protein synthetic machinery. Alternatively, it could play a new, as yet undefined role in RBC metabolism.

Authors:   Gaëlle J.S. Talhouarne; Joseph G. Gall
Journal:   RNA
Volume:   24
edition:   7
Year:   2018
Pages:   908
DOI:   10.1261/rna.065474.117
Publication date:   01-Jul-2018
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