A higher order PUF complex is central to regulation of C. elegans germline stem cells

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A higher order PUF complex is central to regulation of C. elegans germline stem cells

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Qiu, C.; Crittenden, S. L.; Carrick, B.; Dillard, L.; Costa dos Santos, S.; Dandey, V.; Dutcher, R.; Viverette, E.; Wine, R.; Woodworth, J.; Campbell, Z.; Wickens, M.; Borgnia, M. J.; Kimble, J.; Hall, T.

Abstract

PUF RNA-binding proteins are broadly conserved stem cell regulators. Nematode PUF proteins maintain germline stem cells (GSCs) and, with key partner proteins, repress differentiation mRNAs, including gld-1. Here we report that PUF protein FBF-2 and its partner LST-1 form a ternary complex that represses gld-1 via a pair of adjacent FBF-2 binding elements (FBEs) in its 3\'UTR. One LST-1 molecule links two FBF-2 molecules via motifs in the LST-1 intrinsically-disordered region; the gld-1 FBE pair includes a well-established canonical FBE and a newly-identified noncanonical FBE. Remarkably, this FBE pair drives both full RNA repression in GSCs and full RNA activation upon differentiation. Discovery of the LST-1--FBF-2 ternary complex, the gld-1 adjacent FBEs, and their in vivo significance predicts an expanded regulatory repertoire of different assemblies of PUF-partner complexes in nematode germline stem cells. It also suggests analogous PUF controls may await discovery in other biological contexts and organisms.

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