Published on June 1, 2019 in Nat Chem Biol volume 15, 6.

PubMed ID: 31101919


We recently demonstrated that mammalian cells harbor nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD)-capped messenger RNAs that are hydrolyzed by the DXO deNADding enzyme. Here, we report that the Nudix protein Nudt12 is a second mammalian deNADding enzyme structurally and mechanistically distinct from DXO and targeting different RNAs. The crystal structure of mouse Nudt12 in complex with the deNADding product AMP and three Mg ions at 1.6\u2009Å resolution provides insights into the molecular basis of the deNADding activity in the NAD pyrophosphate. Disruption of the Nudt12 gene stabilizes transfected NAD-capped RNA in cells, and its endogenous NAD-capped mRNA targets are enriched in those encoding proteins involved in cellular energetics. Furthermore, exposure of cells to nutrient or environmental stress manifests changes in NAD-capped RNA levels that are selectively responsive to Nudt12 or DXO, respectively, indicating an association of deNADding to cellular metabolism.

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