Published on Nov. 15, 2011 in Genes Dev volume 25.
PubMed ID: 22085967
Box H/ACA ribonucleoprotein particles (RNPs) mediate pseudouridine synthesis, ribosome formation, and telomere maintenance. The structure of eukaryotic H/ACA RNPs remains poorly understood. We reconstituted functional Saccharomyces cerevisiae H/ACA RNPs with recombinant proteins Cbf5, Nop10, Gar1, and Nhp2 and a two-hairpin H/ACA RNA; determined the crystal structure of a Cbf5, Nop10, and Gar1 ternary complex at 1.9 A resolution; and analyzed the structure-function relationship of the yeast complex. Although eukaryotic H/ACA RNAs have a conserved two-hairpin structure, isolated single-hairpin RNAs are also active in guiding pseudouridylation. Nhp2, unlike its archaeal counterpart, is largely dispensable for the activity, reflecting a functional adaptation of eukaryotic H/ACA RNPs to the variable RNA structure that Nhp2 binds. The N-terminal extension of Cbf5, a hot spot for dyskeratosis congenita mutation, forms an extra structural layer on the PUA domain. Gar1 is distinguished from the assembly factor Naf1 by containing a C-terminal extension that controls substrate turnover and the Gar1-Naf1 exchange during H/ACA RNP maturation. Our results reveal significant novel features of eukaryotic H/ACA RNPs.