SNF2/YOR290C Summary Help

Standard Name SNF2 1, 2
Systematic Name YOR290C
Alias GAM1 3 , HAF1 4 , SWI2 5 , TYE3 6 , 7
Feature Type ORF, Verified
Description Catalytic subunit of the SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complex; involved in transcriptional regulation; contains DNA-stimulated ATPase activity; functions interdependently in transcriptional activation with Snf5p and Snf6p (8, 9 and see Summary Paragraph)
Name Description Sucrose NonFermenting 1, 10
Chromosomal Location
ChrXV:860258 to 855147 | ORF Map | GBrowse
Note: this feature is encoded on the Crick strand.
Gene Ontology Annotations All SNF2 GO evidence and references
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Molecular Function
Manually curated
Biological Process
Manually curated
Cellular Component
Manually curated
Regulators 4 genes
Classical genetics
reduction of function
Large-scale survey
295 total interaction(s) for 143 unique genes/features.
Physical Interactions
  • Affinity Capture-MS: 93
  • Affinity Capture-RNA: 3
  • Affinity Capture-Western: 33
  • Biochemical Activity: 2
  • Co-crystal Structure: 2
  • Co-localization: 14
  • Co-purification: 34
  • PCA: 3
  • Reconstituted Complex: 9
  • Two-hybrid: 12

Genetic Interactions
  • Dosage Rescue: 7
  • Negative Genetic: 3
  • Phenotypic Enhancement: 12
  • Phenotypic Suppression: 10
  • Synthetic Growth Defect: 28
  • Synthetic Lethality: 20
  • Synthetic Rescue: 10

Expression Summary
Length (a.a.) 1,703
Molecular Weight (Da) 194,050
Isoelectric Point (pI) 6.99
Phosphorylation PhosphoGRID | PhosphoPep Database
sequence information
ChrXV:860258 to 855147 | ORF Map | GBrowse
Note: this feature is encoded on the Crick strand.
Last Update Coordinates: 2011-02-03 | Sequence: 1996-07-31
Subfeature details
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Coordinates Sequence
CDS 1..5112 860258..855147 2011-02-03 1996-07-31
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S288C vs. other species
S288C vs. other strains
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Primary SGDIDS000005816

Snf2p is the catalytic subunit of the SWI/SNF complex and is required both for ATP hydrolysis and for coupling the energy from ATP hydrolysis to that required for ATP-dependent chromatin remodeling (11, 12, 13, 14, 15). Snf2p is necessary for the structural integrity of the SWI/SNF complex (16), and for Ty transcription (17), and appears to be required for both rDNA and telomeric silencing (18). Snf2p is in close proximity to DNA in SWI/SNF-nucleosome complexes (19) and contains an AT-hook, which is a small DNA-binding motif that may act as a versatile minor groove tether (20). Domain 1 of Snf2p is required for interaction with SWI/SNF component Snf11p (21), and the V motif in Snf2p is required to couple ATP hydrolysis to chromatin remodeling, and may play a role in nucleosomal substrate recognition (15). Snf2p may also function as a direct repressor of SER3 transcription since Snf2p appears to be physically associated with the SER3 promoter and is the only SWI/SNF component that is strongly required for repression of SER3 (22).

snf2 null mutants are viable but defective in sporulation, mating-type switching, and the derepression of SUC2 transcription, and also display slow growth on nonfermentable carbon sources, disrupted nucleosome positioning at various gene promoters, reduced sensitivity to gamma-rays, increased sensitivity to ethidium bromide, increased rates of mitochondrial drug resistance, and reduced rDNA silencing, rDNA recombination, and telomeric silencing (18, 5, 23, 3, 1, 2, 24, 11, 25, 26). snf2 null mutations are synthetically lethal with dst1 null mutations in some genetic backgrounds (27).

Snf2p is the founding member of the Snf2p subfamily of proteins, which is part of the nucleic acid-dependent ATPase and helicase superfamily (15). Although several family members have been shown to exhibit DNA-stimulated ATPase activity, no DNA helicase activity has been described for any member of the Snf2 subfamily (16). The Snf2p subfamily also includes Rad16p, Rad54p, Mot1p, Sth1p, Isw2p, Rdh54p, Uls1p, Ino80p, Rad5p, Chd1p, Isw1p, Spt20p, Swr1p, Yfr038wp, Schizosaccharomyces pombe Rad8p, Drosophila melanogaster BRM, human BRD2 (mutations in which are associated with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy), ERCC6 (mutations in which are associated with type B Cockayne syndrome, Cerebrooculofacioskeletal syndrome and UV-sensitive syndrome), BRG1 (mutations in which are associated with cancer), SMARCD3, SMARCA1, SMARCA2, BTAF1, SRCAP, and proteins in other eukaryotes, bacteria, and viruses (28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 15, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48). Snf2p is also similar Spt7p, human TAF1, and D. melanogaster FSH (49, 30). Snf2p and D. melanogaster BRM are functionally interchangeable (50), and a chimeric protein composed of Snf2p with its ATPase motif replaced with that of human SMARCD3 can correct the slow growth defect of snf2 null mutants (40).

By regulating the structure of chromatin, chromatin remodeling complexes, all of which contain an ATPase as a central motor subunit, perform critical functions in the maintenance, transmission, and expression of eukaryotic genomes. The SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complex is involved in DNA replication, stress response, and transcription, and binds DNA nonspecifically, altering nucleosome structure to facilitate binding of transcription factors. For some genes, transcriptional activators are able to target the SWI/SNF complex to upstream activation sequences (UAS) in the promoter. The SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complex family contains two evolutionary conserved subclasses of chromatin remodeling factors, one subfamily includes yeast SWI/SNF, fly BAP, and mammalian BAF, and the other subfamily includes yeast RSC (Remodel the Structure of Chromatin), fly PBAP, and mammalian PBAF (51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 12, 13, 14, 21, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 65, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76).

It appears that some human SWI/SNF subunits act as tumor suppressors and there is also evidence that human SWI/SNF subunits are involved in controlling cell growth via their interaction with other tumor suppressors (77). Expression of adenovirus E1A oncoproteins, which are regulators of cellular and viral transcription, in Saccharomyces cerevisiae requires the function of the SWI/SNF complex, and expression of E1A in wild-type cells leads to a specific loss of SWI/SNF dependent transcription. These results suggest that the SWI/SNF complex is a target of these oncoproteins in mammalian cells and that the disruption of normal cell cycle control by E1A may be due in part to altered activity of the SWI/SNF complex (78).

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References cited on this page View Complete Literature Guide for SNF2
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