Tissue-selective restriction of RNA editing of CaV1.3 by splicing factor SRSF9 Academic Article uri icon


  • Adenosine DeAminases acting on RNA (ADAR) catalyzes adenosine-to-inosine (A-to-I) conversion within RNA duplex structures. While A-to-I editing is often dynamically regulated in a spatial-temporal manner, the mechanisms underlying its tissue-selective restriction remain elusive. We have previously reported that transcripts of voltage-gated calcium channel CaV1.3 are subject to brain-selective A-to-I RNA editing by ADAR2. Here, we show that editing of CaV1.3 mRNA is dependent on a 40 bp RNA duplex formed between exon 41 and an evolutionarily conserved editing site complementary sequence (ECS) located within the preceding intron. Heterologous expression of a mouse minigene that contained the ECS, intermediate intronic sequence and exon 41 with ADAR2 yielded robust editing. Interestingly, editing of CaV1.3 was potently inhibited by serine/arginine-rich splicing factor 9 (SRSF9). Mechanistically, the inhibitory effect of SRSF9 required direct RNA interaction. Selective down-regulation of SRSF9 in neurons provides a basis for the neuron-specific editing of CaV1.3 transcripts.


  • Huang, H
  • Kapeli, K
  • Jin, W
  • Wong, YP
  • Arumugam, Thiruma
  • Koh, JH
  • Srimasorn, S
  • Mallilankaraman, K
  • En Chua, JJ
  • Yeo, GW
  • Soong, TW

publication date

  • 2018