XB-ART-51823PLoS One. January 1, 2016; 11 (2): e0146792.
Cell cycle transitions spanning meiotic maturation of the Xenopus oocyte and early embryogenesis are tightly regulated at the level of stored inactive maternal mRNA. We investigated here the translational control of cyclin E1, required for metaphase II arrest of the unfertilised egg and the initiation of S phase in the early embryo. We show that the cyclin E1 mRNA is regulated by both cytoplasmic polyadenylation elements (CPEs) and two miR-15/16 target sites within its 3''UTR. Moreover, we provide evidence that maternal miR-15/16 microRNAs co-immunoprecipitate with CPE-binding protein (CPEB), and that CPEB interacts with the RISC component Ago2. Experiments using competitor RNA and mutated cyclin E1 3''UTRs suggest cooperation of the regulatory elements to sustain repression of the cyclin E1 mRNA during early stages of maturation when CPEB becomes limiting and cytoplasmic polyadenylation of repressed mRNAs begins. Importantly, injection of anti-miR-15/16 LNA results in the early polyadenylation of endogenous cyclin E1 mRNA during meiotic maturation, and an acceleration of GVBD, altogether strongly suggesting that the proximal CPEB and miRNP complexes act to mutually stabilise each other. We conclude that miR-15/16 and CPEB co-regulate cyclin E1 mRNA. This is the first demonstration of the co-operation of these two pathways.
PubMed ID: 26829217
PMC ID: PMC4734764
Article link: PLoS One.
Grant support: BB/E016316/1 Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council , Cancer Research UK, BB/E016316/1 Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council , Cancer Research UK, BB/E016316/1 Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council , Cancer Research UK, BB/E016316/1 Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council , Cancer Research UK, BB/E016316/1 Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council , Cancer Research UK
Genes referenced: cpeb1 ctrl mut
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|Fig 1. Translation of cyclin E1 during oocyte maturation is CPE-dependent.A. Cyclin E1 mRNA is present throughout oogenesis. RT-qPCR was carried out on total RNA extracted from staged oocytes and eggs. The graph represents the relative amount of cyclin E1 mRNA compared to GAPDH mRNA, with values of each transcript set to 1 for stage I. Representative of 5 progesterone maturation experiments. B. Cyclin E1 protein is not expressed until late in oocyte maturation following the polyadenylation of its mRNA. Stage VI oocytes were incubated with progesterone for the indicated times and the corresponding lysates were analysed by Western blot using cyclin E1 and CPEB antibodies (upper panels). RNA extracted from these oocytes was subjected to RNA-ligation-coupled PCR poly(A) analysis (lower panel). *—non-specific band. C. The cyclin E1 3’UTR contains a cluster of three CPE sequences and an additional one overlapping the hexanucleotide as well as two putative miR-15/16 target sites as indicated. Not to scale. D. CPE sequences repress translation in immature oocytes, and activate translation in eggs. Schematic representation of reporters used. Firefly luciferase reporters containing a control 3’UTR (luc400), the wild-type cyclin E1 3’UTR (WT) or the 3’UTR with mutations in the CPEs (CPE mut) were injected into stage VI oocytes. Renilla luciferase reporter mRNA was co-injected as an internal control. Oocytes were incubated for 24h with or without progesterone and both sets were assayed for luciferase expression. Firefly luciferase levels are expressed as a ratio to Renilla internal control. E. CPE sequences in the cyclin E1 3’UTR direct polyadenylation during oocyte maturation. Radiolabelled RNAs representing the WT 3’-terminal 180 nt of the cyclin E1 3’UTR and the same fragment with mutated CPE sequences were injected into oocytes, and maturation was induced by progesterone. RNA extracted from untreated oocytes and progesterone-matured eggs was analysed by denaturing gel electrophoresis and autoradiography.|
|Fig 2. Mature forms of miR-15 and miR-16 are present in Xenopus oocytes.A. Alignment of putative miR-15/16 seed binding sites across vertebrate cyclin E1 3’UTRs. B. Alignment of vertebrate miR-15b and miR-16a reveals nearly perfect conservation of the two miRNAs, with the seed sequence highlighted in bold. C. miR-15b and 16a levels do not undergo significant changes during oogenesis and oocyte maturation. Levels of the two microRNAs were verified by qPCR alongside the control U2 snRNA. The graph represents absolute quantities throughout oogenesis in three independent biological samples.|
|Fig 4. CPEB complexes and miRISC cooperate in the regulation of translational activation of cyclin E1 during oocyte maturation.A. Components of the RISC complex can associate with the translational silencing complex in immature oocytes (-p). Oocytes were injected with HA-Ago2 mRNA, and the resulting lysates were subjected to immunoprecipitation with anti-HA antibodies. Input represents 5% of the immunoprecipitated fractions. Western blotting was performed with anti-HA or -CPEB1 antibodies and visualised by ECL.–p–no progesterone, immature oocytes; +p–oocytes matured with progesterone. B. miRNAs co-immunoprecipitate with CPEB complexes. Lysates from uninjected oocytes or oocytes expressing a FLAG-tagged Xp54 were used for immunoprecipitation using a monoclonal anti-CPEB antibody, an isotype-matched control (His), or in the case of FLAG-Xp54 expressing oocytes and uninjected control (“-“), an anti-FLAG antibody (FLAG). RNA was isolated and real-time RT-PCR performed for the miRNAs and small RNAs indicated. Relative quantities were normalised per oocyte input. For plotting purposes all enrichment values were scaled to the enrichment of miR-15 in the CPEB immunoprecipitate of Experiment 2.|
|Fig 6. Schematic summary of results and model of action of CPE- and microRNA-binding sites in cyclin E1 mRNA during meiotic maturation.In the immature oocyte, the presence of CPE sequences on maternal mRNAs stabilises the association of miRISC with the target mRNA to cause augmented translational repression (WT vs. miR mut). In the absence of either the CPE sequence alone or both CPEs and miRNA target sites, the mRNA cannot bind the CPEB RNP nor RISC and is therefore not repressed. In the presence of RNAs competing for CPEB, miRISC acts to reinforce the interaction of the limited CPEB protein with the mRNA resulting in lower translation rates compared to the miR mut mRNA which does not bind miRISC. During GVBD, when the degradation of CPEB begins, once again, co-association of CPEB and miRISC with an mRNA stabilises both interactions and delays polyadenylation and translational activation. Mutation of the miRNA target sites or inhibition of miR-15/16 allows for early polyadenylation and activation of the transcript. In our model, we have not distinguished the functionally similar but temporally distinct roles of CPEB1 and CPEB4 .|