In vivo binding and hierarchy of assembly of the yeast RNA polymerase I transcription factors

L. Bordi, F. Cioci, G. Camilloni

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Transcription by RNA polymerase I in Saccharomyces cerevisiae requires a series of transcription factors that have been genetically and biochemically identified. In particular, the core factor (CF) and the upstream activation factor (UAF) have been shown in vitro to bind the core element and the upstream promoter element, respectively. We have analyzed in vivo the DNAse I footprinting of the 35S promoter in wild-type and mutant strains lacking one specific transcription factor at the time. In this way we were able to unambiguously attribute the protections by the CF and the UAF to their respective putative binding sites. In addition, we have found that in vivo a binding hierarchy exists, the UAF being necessary for CF binding. Because the CF footprinting is lost in mutants lacking a functional RNA polymerase I, we also conclude that the final step of preinitiation-complex assembly affects binding of the CF, stabilizing its contact with DNA. Thus, in vivo, the CF is recruited to the core element by the UAF and stabilized on DNA by the presence of a functional RNA polymerase I.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)753-760
Number of pages8
JournalMolecular Biology of the Cell
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology


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