This protein is found to be part of a large ribonucleoprotein complex containing the U3 snoRNA . Depletion of the Utp proteins impedes production of the 18S rRNA, indicating that they are part of the active pre-rRNA processing complex. This large RNP complex has been termed the small subunit (SSU) processome .
A large ribonuclear protein complex is required for the processing of the small-ribosomal-subunit rRNA - the small-subunit (SSU) processome [PUBMED:12068309, PUBMED:15590835]. This preribosomal complex contains the U3 snoRNA and at least 40 proteins, which have the following properties: