In silico analysis of a highly mutated gene in cancer provides insight into abnormal mrna splicing: Splicing factor 3B subunit 1k700e mutant

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Samy A., Suzek B. E., ÖZDEMİR M. K., ŞENSOY Ö.

Biomolecules, vol.10, no.5, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 10 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.3390/biom10050680
  • Journal Name: Biomolecules
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Veterinary Science Database, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Keywords: cancer, somatic mutations, aberrant RNA splicing, SF3B1, missense mutations, molecular dynamics simulations
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


Cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide. The etiology of the disease has remained elusive, but mutations causing aberrant RNA splicing have been considered one of the significant factors in various cancer types. The association of aberrant RNA splicing with drug/therapy resistance further increases the importance of these mutations. In this work, the impact of the splicing factor 3B subunit 1 (SF3B1) K700E mutation, a highly prevalent mutation in various cancer types, is investigated through molecular dynamics simulations. Based on our results, K700E mutation increases flexibility of the mutant SF3B1. Consequently, this mutation leads to i) disruption of interaction of pre-mRNA with SF3B1 and p14, thus preventing proper alignment of mRNA and causing usage of abnormal 3’ splice site, and ii) disruption of communication in critical regions participating in interactions with other proteins in pre-mRNA splicing machinery. We anticipate that this study enhances our understanding of the mechanism of functional abnormalities associated with splicing machinery, thereby, increasing possibility for designing effective therapies to combat cancer at an earlier stage.