The transcription factor THO promotes transcription initiation and elongation by RNA Polymerase I

Academic Article


  • © 2016 by The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc. Although ribosomal RNA represents the majority of cellular RNA, and ribosome synthesis is closely connected to cell growth and proliferation rates, a complete understanding of the factors that influence transcription of ribosomal DNA is lacking. Here, we show that the THO complex positively affects transcription by RNA polymerase I (Pol I). We found that THO physically associates with the rDNA repeat and interacts genetically with Pol I transcription initiation factors. Pol I transcription in hpr1 or tho2 null mutants is dramatically reduced to less than 20% of the WT level. Pol I occupancy of the coding region of the rDNA in THO mutants is decreased to ∼50% of WT level. Furthermore, although the percentage of active rDNA repeats remains unaffected in the mutant cells, the overall rDNA copy number increases ∼2-fold compared with WT. Together, these data show that perturbation of THO function impairs transcription initiation and elongation by Pol I, identifying a new cellular target for the conserved THO complex.
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  • Zhang Y; French SL; Beyer AL; Schneider DA
  • Start Page

  • 3010
  • End Page

  • 3018
  • Volume

  • 291
  • Issue

  • 6