LSM1 is a Sm-like protein. Sm-like proteins can be detected in a variety of organisms based on sequence homology with the Sm protein family. Sm-like proteins include the Sm sequence motif, which consists of two regions separated by a linker of variable length that folds as a loop. The Sm-like proteins are thought to form a stable heteromer present in tri-snRNP particles, which are important for pre-mRNA splicing. LSM1 has a role in replication-dependent histone mRNA degradation and binds specifically to the 3''-terminal U-tract of U6 snRNA. LSM1 also facilitates RNA protein interactions and structural modifications which are required during ribosomal subunit assembly.