CircSamd4 represses myogenic transcriptional activity of PUR proteins

Poonam Pandey, Jen-Hao Yang, Dimitros Tsitsipatis, Amaresh Panda, Kyoung Kim, Ji Heon Noh, Rachel Munk, Thomas Nicholson, Douglas Hanniford, Diana Argibay, Xiaoling Yang, Jennifer Martindale, Ming-Wen Chang, Simon Jones, Eva Hernando, Supriyo De, Kotb Abdelmohsen, Myriam Gorospe

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By interacting with proteins and nucleic acids, the vast family of mammalian circRNAs is proposed to influence many biological processes. Here, RNA sequencing analysis of circRNAs differentially expressed during myogenesis revealed that circSamd4 expression increased robustly in mouse C2C12 myoblasts differentiating into myotubes. Moreover, silencing circSamd4, which is conserved between human and mouse, delayed myogenesis and lowered the expression of myogenic markers in cultured myoblasts from both species. Affinity pulldown followed by mass spectrometry revealed that circSamd4 associated with PURA and PURB, two repressors of myogenesis that inhibit transcription of the myosin heavy chain (MHC) protein family. Supporting the hypothesis that circSamd4 might complex with PUR proteins and thereby prevent their interaction with DNA, silencing circSamd4 enhanced the association of PUR proteins with the Mhc promoter, while overexpressing circSamd4 interfered with the binding of PUR proteins to the Mhc promoter. These effects were abrogated when using a mutant circSamd4 lacking the PUR binding site. Our results indicate that the association of PUR proteins with circSamd4 enhances myogenesis by contributing to the derepression of MHC transcription.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3789-3805
Number of pages17
JournalNucleic Acids Research
Issue number7
Early online date25 Jan 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 Jan 2020

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This work is written by (a) US Government employee(s) and is in the public domain in the US.

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