FA-SAT is a highly conserved satellite DNA sequence transcribed in many Bilateria species. To disclose the cellular and functional profile of FA-SAT non-coding RNAs, a comprehensive experimental approach, including the transcripts location in the cell and in the cell cycle, the identification of its putative protein interactors, and silencing/ectopic expression phenotype analysis, was performed. FA-SAT non-coding RNAs play a nuclear function at the G1 phase of the cell cycle and the interactomic assay showed that the PKM2 protein is the main interactor. The disruption of the FA-SAT non-coding RNA/PKM2 protein complex, by the depletion of either FA-SAT or PKM2, results in the same phenotype—apoptosis, and the ectopic overexpression of FA-SAT did not affect the cell-cycle progression, but promotes the PKM2 nuclear accumulation. Overall, our data first describe the importance of this ribonucleoprotein complex in apoptosis and cell-cycle progression, what foresees a promising novel candidate molecular target for cancer therapy and diagnosis.
- Non-coding RNA
- Satellite RNA