Nm-seq maps 2′-O-methylation sites in human mRNA with base precision

Qing Dai, Sharon Moshitch-Moshkovitz, Dali Han, Nitzan Kol, Ninette Amariglio, Gideon Rechavi, Dan Dominissini, Chuan He

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The ribose of RNA nucleotides can be 2′-O-methylated (Nm). Despite advances in high-throughput detection, the inert chemical nature of Nm still limits sensitivity and precludes mapping in mRNA. We leveraged the differential reactivity of 2′-O-methylated and 2′-hydroxylated nucleosides to periodate oxidation to develop Nm-seq, a sensitive method for transcriptome-wide mapping of Nm with base precision. Nm-seq uncovered thousands of Nm sites in human mRNA with features suggesting functional roles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)695-698
Number of pages4
JournalNature Methods
Issue number7
Early online date15 May 2017
StatePublished - Jul 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the US National Institutes of Health NHGRI RM1 HG008935 to C.H.; a grant from the Kahn Family Foundation to D.D. and G.R.; and grants from the Ernest and Bonnie Beutler Research Program, Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute (FAMRI) and the Israeli Centers of Excellence (I-CORE) Program (ISF grants no. 41/11 and no. 1796/12) to G.R. C.H. is an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). G.R. is a member of the Sagol Neuroscience Network and holds the Djerassi Chair for Oncology at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Israel. D.D. was supported by a Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) long-term fellowship. Q.D. is supported by the National Institutes of Health grant K01 HG006699. We wish to thank M. Salmon-Divon for advice and help with bioinformatic analysis and R. Mashiach for help with chemical structure drawings.

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