Enhanced CLIP Uncovers IMP Protein-RNA Targets in Human Pluripotent Stem Cells Important for Cell Adhesion and Survival

Cell Rep. 2016 Apr 19;15(3):666-679. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2016.03.052. Epub 2016 Apr 7.


Human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) require precise control of post-transcriptional RNA networks to maintain proliferation and survival. Using enhanced UV crosslinking and immunoprecipitation (eCLIP), we identify RNA targets of the IMP/IGF2BP family of RNA-binding proteins in hPSCs. At the broad region and binding site levels, IMP1 and IMP2 show reproducible binding to a large and overlapping set of 3' UTR-enriched targets. RNA Bind-N-seq applied to recombinant full-length IMP1 and IMP2 reveals CA-rich motifs that are enriched in eCLIP-defined binding sites. We observe that IMP1 loss in hPSCs recapitulates IMP1 phenotypes, including a reduction in cell adhesion and increase in cell death. For cell adhesion, we find IMP1 maintains levels of integrin mRNA specifically regulating RNA stability of ITGB5 in hPSCs. Additionally, we show that IMP1 can be linked to hPSC survival via direct target BCL2. Thus, transcriptome-wide binding profiles identify hPSC targets modulating well-characterized IMP1 roles.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • 3' Untranslated Regions / genetics
  • Base Sequence
  • Cell Adhesion
  • Cell Survival
  • Cross-Linking Reagents / metabolism*
  • Gene Expression Regulation
  • Human Embryonic Stem Cells / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Immunoprecipitation / methods*
  • Integrins / metabolism
  • Nucleotide Motifs / genetics
  • Pluripotent Stem Cells / cytology*
  • Pluripotent Stem Cells / metabolism*
  • Protein Binding
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-bcl-2 / metabolism
  • RNA / metabolism*
  • RNA Stability
  • RNA, Messenger / genetics
  • RNA, Messenger / metabolism
  • RNA-Binding Proteins / metabolism


  • 3' Untranslated Regions
  • Cross-Linking Reagents
  • IGF2BP1 protein, human
  • IGF2BP3 protein, human
  • Integrins
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-bcl-2
  • RNA, Messenger
  • RNA-Binding Proteins
  • RNA