Genome-wide analysis reveals SR protein cooperation and competition in regulated splicing

Mol Cell. 2013 Apr 25;50(2):223-35. doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2013.03.001. Epub 2013 Apr 4.


SR proteins are well-characterized RNA binding proteins that promote exon inclusion by binding to exonic splicing enhancers (ESEs). However, it has been unclear whether regulatory rules deduced on model genes apply generally to activities of SR proteins in the cell. Here, we report global analyses of two prototypical SR proteins, SRSF1 (SF2/ASF) and SRSF2 (SC35), using splicing-sensitive arrays and CLIP-seq on mouse embryo fibroblasts (MEFs). Unexpectedly, we find that these SR proteins promote both inclusion and skipping of exons in vivo, but their binding patterns do not explain such opposite responses. Further analyses reveal that loss of one SR protein is accompanied by coordinated loss or compensatory gain in the interaction of other SR proteins at the affected exons. Therefore, specific effects on regulated splicing by one SR protein actually depend on a complex set of relationships with multiple other SR proteins in mammalian genomes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Alternative Splicing*
  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Binding Sites
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Consensus Sequence
  • Exons
  • Fibroblasts / metabolism
  • Gene Knockout Techniques
  • Genome*
  • Introns
  • Mice
  • Mice, Knockout
  • Nuclear Proteins / genetics
  • Nuclear Proteins / metabolism*
  • Protein Binding
  • RNA Splicing
  • RNA-Binding Proteins / genetics
  • RNA-Binding Proteins / metabolism*
  • Ribonucleoproteins / genetics
  • Ribonucleoproteins / metabolism*
  • Sequence Analysis, RNA
  • Serine-Arginine Splicing Factors
  • Transcriptome


  • Nuclear Proteins
  • RNA-Binding Proteins
  • Ribonucleoproteins
  • SRSF2 protein, mouse
  • Serine-Arginine Splicing Factors

Associated data

  • GEO/GSE44583
  • GEO/GSE44591