University of Dundee

'Interactions between transcription, splicing and chromatin'

Event Date: 
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 12:00 to Sunday, December 30, 2018 - 13:00
Event Location: 
MSI Small Lecture Theatre
Professor David Lilley FRS FRSE FRSC
Professor Victoria Cowling
Event Speaker: 
Prof Jean Beggs
Event Type: 


Splicing is the process of removing introns from precursor messenger RNAs, joining adjacent exons to produce spliced mRNA. There is extensive evidence that in both metazoans and yeast the process of splicing occurs as soon as the intron is transcribed and before transcription termination, i.e. co-transcriptionally. As a result, RNA polymerase II elongation rate can influence splicing. This coupling effect is not unidirectional. For example, my lab showed that splicing can affect transcription elongation, causing RNA polymerase to pause transiently while splicing takes place. More recently, links between splicing and chromatin modification have also become evident. To investigate the molecular basis of the interactions between these three important cellular process, my lab has developed methods to analyse transcription and splicing at high kinetic resolution and we combine this with rapid degradation of individual transcription, splicing and chromatin factors. Based on our results, we propose that transcription and chromatin may respond to signals from splicing fidelity checkpoints that may be related to decisions regarding alternative splicing events in higher eukaryotes.