» Dr. Anabella Srebrow

Research Areas

Signals to and from the splicing machinery

Since we know that the number of genes in higher organisms cannot explain their complexity, the understanding about the regulation of post-transcriptional and post-translational processes responsible for generating proteomic diversity has become of paramount importance. Moreover, the more we learn about the mechanisms operating at different steps of gene expression, the more we realize the interconnectedness of those steps and thus the need for an integrated view of this field. In this context, the search for molecules that concertedly regulate different processes, from transcription to protein function, turn out to be extremely relevant.
Our group studies the influence of the cellular microenvironment on alternative splicing regulation. We concentrate on the signaling pathways that link extracellular cues triggered by epithelial-stromal and cell-extracellular matrix interactions with the splicing machinery, unraveling cis-acting sequences within the pre-mRNA and trans-acting factors involved. To this end, we focus on mammary epithelial morphogenesis and function as well as its oncogenic transformation, taking advantage of existing cell culture models that recapitulate many aspects of mammary gland normal and pathological development. In this context, we have analyzed alternative splicing patterns of fibronectin and Rac1 pre-mRNAs. We found that the activation of a given signaling cascade regulates the activity of two splicing factors of the SR family of proteins, simultaneously altering both nuclear and cytoplasmic steps of RNA metabolism: alternative splicing and translation. These results suggest that this concerted effort could increase both the speed and strength of the cellular response to a given extracellular stimulation.
By serendipity, we found that the SR protein SF2/ASF (recently renamed “SRSF1”) regulates SUMO conjugation, a fundamental protein post-translational modification. These results add a new component to the SUMO pathway, unraveling an unforeseen role for SR proteins, traditionally known as splicing factors, and opening up provocative questions regarding the connection between splicing and SUMOylation. We are interesting in exploring this putative connection, expanding the knowledge about the regulation of pre-mRNA processing by SUMO conjugation and about the interplay between different tiers of gene expression regulation.

Publications (last 5 years):

Pozzi B, Bragado L*, Will CL*, Mammi P, Risso G, Urlaub H, Lührmann R, Srebrow A. “SUMO conjugation to spliceosomal proteins is required for efficient pre-mRNA splicing”. Nucleic Acids Res. 45(11):6729–6745 (2017).

* Autores con igual contribución

Federico De Maio*, Guillermo Risso*, Gabriel Iglesias*, Priya Shah, Berta Pozzi, Leopoldo Gebhard, Pablo Mammi, Estefania Mancini, Marcelo Yanovsky, Raul Andino, NevanKrogan, Anabella Srebrow#, and Andrea Gamarnik#. “The Dengue Virus NS5 Protein Intrudes in the Cellular Spliceosome and Modulates Splicing”. Plos Pathogens 12(8):e1005841 (2016).

* Autores con igual contribución – # “co-autores corresponsales”

Risso G, Blaustein M, Pozzi B, Mammi P and Srebrow A. “Akt/PKB: one kinase, many modifications”. Biochemical Journal 468, 203-214 (2015).

Risso G, Pelisch F, Pozzi B, Mammi P, Blaustein M, Colman-Lerner A,Srebrow A. “Modification of Akt by SUMO conjugation regulates alternative splicing and cell cycle”. Cell Cycle (2013) 12(19):3165-74.
Pelisch F, Risso G.  and Srebrow A. “RNA metabolism and ubiquitin/ubiquitin-like modifications collide”. Briefings in Functional Genomics  12, 66-71 (2013).
Pelisch F, Pozzi B, Risso G, Muñoz M and Srebrow A. “DNA Damage-Induced Heterogeneous Nuclear Ribonucleoprotein K SUMOylation Regulates p53 Transcriptional Activation. Journal of Biological Chemistry 287, 30789–30799 (2012).
Risso G, Pelisch F, Quaglino A, Pozz Bi and Srebrow A. “Regulating the regulators: SR proteins under scrutiny”. IUBMB Life 64, 809-816 (2012).
Pelisch F, Khauv D, Risso G, Stallings-Mann M, Blaustein M,  Quadrana L, Radisky DC, and Srebrow A. “Involvement of hnRNP A1 in the Matrix Metalloprotease-3-Dependent Regulation of Rac1 Pre-mRNA Splicing”. Journal of Cellular Biochemistry 113, 2319-29 (2012).
Pelisch F, Gerez J, Druker J, Schor I E, Muñoz M, Risso G,Petrillo E, Westman BJ, Lamond A I, Arzt E, and Srebrow A. “The Serine-Arginine Rich Protein SF2/ASF Regulates Protein SUMOylation”. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 107,16119-16124 (2010).

Current Financed Projects:

  • “Reprogramación de la maquinaria de splicing durante la infección de células humanas con el virus del dengue”. PICT 2015 (1731) de ANPCyT.
  • “Impacto de la conjugación de SUMO sobre el ensamblado y la actividad catalítica del spliceosoma”. PICT 2014 (2888) de ANPCyT.
  • “Participación de la conjugación de SUMO en el ensamblado y la actividad catalítica del spliceosoma”. UBACyT para grupos consolidados (2014-2018), código 20020130100157BA.

Last Awards:

2011- L’Oreal-UNESCO-CONICET Award “For Women in Science”.Research Project: “Signals to and from the pre-mRNA processing machinery. Alternative splicing and post-translational modifications in a physio-pathological context”.

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INVESTIGADOR A CARGO

Dra. Anabella Srebrow

Dra. Anabella Srebrow
Profesora Adjunta UBA
Inv. Independiente (CONICET)

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BECARIOS POSTDOCTORALES


BECARIOS

Dra. Berta Pozzi

Dra. Berta Pozzi,
Becaria Posdoctoral CONICET

Lic. Pablo Mammi

Lic. Pablo Mammi
Lic. Pablo Mammi
Becario Doctoral CONICET

Lic. Laureano Bragado

Lic. Laureano Bragado,
Becario Doctoral CONICET