Monday Muscle Seminar M&Ms: Pierre Klein

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m6a RNA methylation orchestrates IMP1 regulation of microtubules during human motor neuron differentiation

Pierre Klein

Postdoctoral Fellow at UCL and Francis Crick Institute, London UK






Neuronal differentiation requires building a complex intracellular architecture, and therefore the coordinated regulation of defined sets of genes. RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) play a key role in this regulation. However, while their action on individual mRNAs has been explored in depth, the mechanisms used to coordinate expression of the gene programs shaping neuronal morphology are poorly understood. To address this, we analysed how the RBP IMP1 (IGF2BP1), an essential developmental factor, selects and regulates its RNA targets during the differentiation of human neurons. We performed a combination of system-wide and molecular analyses, revealing that IMP1 developmentally transitions to and directly regulates the expression of mRNAs encoding essential regulators of the microtubule network, a key component of neuronal morphology. Furthermore, we showed that m6A methylation drives the selection of specific IMP1 mRNA targets and their protein expression during the developmental transition from neural precursors to neurons, providing a molecular principle for the onset of target selectivity.

Start date: 29 April 2024

End date: 29 April 2024

Time: 12:00 - 13:00

Location: Visioconference

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