TAF7/YMR227C Summary Help

Standard Name TAF7 1
Systematic Name YMR227C
Alias TAF67 2
Feature Type ORF, Verified
Description TFIID subunit (67 kDa); involved in RNA polymerase II transcription initiation (1, 3 and see Summary Paragraph)
Also known as: TafII67
Name Description TATA binding protein-Associated Factor
Chromosomal Location
ChrXIII:724385 to 722613 | ORF Map | GBrowse
Note: this feature is encoded on the Crick strand.
Gene Ontology Annotations All TAF7 GO evidence and references
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Molecular Function
Manually curated
Biological Process
Manually curated
Cellular Component
Manually curated
Regulators 2 genes
Classical genetics
Large-scale survey
reduction of function
159 total interaction(s) for 87 unique genes/features.
Physical Interactions
  • Affinity Capture-MS: 74
  • Affinity Capture-RNA: 2
  • Affinity Capture-Western: 9
  • Co-localization: 7
  • Co-purification: 5
  • PCA: 2
  • Reconstituted Complex: 1
  • Two-hybrid: 7

Genetic Interactions
  • Dosage Rescue: 1
  • Negative Genetic: 32
  • Positive Genetic: 10
  • Synthetic Growth Defect: 3
  • Synthetic Haploinsufficiency: 1
  • Synthetic Lethality: 5

Expression Summary
Length (a.a.) 590
Molecular Weight (Da) 67,555
Isoelectric Point (pI) 4.31
Phosphorylation PhosphoGRID | PhosphoPep Database
sequence information
ChrXIII:724385 to 722613 | 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..1773 724385..722613 2011-02-03 1996-07-31
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S288C only
S288C vs. other species
S288C vs. other strains
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Primary SGDIDS000004840


TFIID is a transcription factor complex that is required for RNAPII-mediated transcription of protein-coding genes and some small nuclear RNAs (reviewed in 4). The complex is composed of Spt15p (TATA binding protein; TBP) and 14 TBP-associated factors (TAFs): Taf1p, Taf2p, Taf3p, Taf4p, Taf5p, Taf6p, Taf7p, Taf8p, Taf9p, Taf10p, Taf11p, Taf12p, Taf13p, Taf14p (5, 6). The TFIID complex is required for basal transcription, but some individual subunits regulate the activated transcription of a subset of genes (7, 8, 9, 10, 11).

Recognition of promoter DNA by the TFIID complex is required for the formation of the preinitiation complex (PIC) during transcription initiation (12, 13). The interaction between the TFIID complex and the promoter is stabilized by TFIIA (13, 14). The recruitment of TFIID to promoters is dependent on an upstream activating sequence in the promoter region (15).

A subset of the TAFs (Taf5p, Taf6p, Taf9p, Taf10p, and Taf12p) are subunits of both TFIID and the the Spt-Ada-Gcn5-acetyltransferase (SAGA) transcriptional regulatory complex, which functions in nucleosomal histone acetylation and chromatin-associated transcriptional activation or repression (16, 17, 18). The results of genome-wide studies indicate that TFIID functions primarily at the TATA-less promoters of stress-repressed housekeeping genes, representing about 90% of the yeast genome, while SAGA predominates at highly-regulated, stress-responsive TATA box-containing genes, representing about 10% of the genome (19, 20).

Last updated: 2009-10-02 Contact SGD

References cited on this page View Complete Literature Guide for TAF7
1) Tora L  (2002) A unified nomenclature for TATA box binding protein (TBP)-associated factors (TAFs) involved in RNA polymerase II transcription. Genes Dev 16(6):673-5
2) Moqtaderi Z, et al.  (1996) Yeast homologues of higher eukaryotic TFIID subunits. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 93(25):14654-8
3) Lee TI and Young RA  (2000) Transcription of eukaryotic protein-coding genes. Annu Rev Genet 34:77-137
4) Tansey WP and Herr W  (1997) TAFs: guilt by association? Cell 88(6):729-32
5) Sanders SL, et al.  (2002) Molecular characterization of Saccharomyces cerevisiae TFIID. Mol Cell Biol 22(16):6000-13
6) Auty R, et al.  (2004) Purification of active TFIID from Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Extensive promoter contacts and co-activator function. J Biol Chem 279(48):49973-81
7) Sayre MH, et al.  (1992) Reconstitution of transcription with five purified initiation factors and RNA polymerase II from Saccharomyces cerevisiae. J Biol Chem 267(32):23376-82
8) Macpherson N, et al.  (2000) A yeast taf17 mutant requires the Swi6 transcriptional activator for viability and shows defects in cell cycle-regulated transcription. Genetics 154(4):1561-76
9) Kobayashi A, et al.  (2003) Mutations in the histone fold domain of the TAF12 gene show synthetic lethality with the TAF1 gene lacking the TAF N-terminal domain (TAND) by different mechanisms from those in the SPT15 gene encoding the TATA box-binding protein (TBP). Nucleic Acids Res 31(4):1261-74
10) Klebanow ER, et al.  (1996) Isolation and characterization of TAF25, an essential yeast gene that encodes an RNA polymerase II-specific TATA-binding protein-associated factor. J Biol Chem 271(23):13706-15
11) Walker SS, et al.  (1997) Yeast TAF(II)145 required for transcription of G1/S cyclin genes and regulated by the cellular growth state. Cell 90(4):607-14
12) Shen WC, et al.  (2003) Systematic analysis of essential yeast TAFs in genome-wide transcription and preinitiation complex assembly. EMBO J 22(13):3395-402
13) Buratowski S, et al.  (1989) Five intermediate complexes in transcription initiation by RNA polymerase II. Cell 56(4):549-61
14) Ranish JA and Hahn S  (1991) The yeast general transcription factor TFIIA is composed of two polypeptide subunits. J Biol Chem 266(29):19320-7
15) Li XY, et al.  (2002) Selective recruitment of TAFs by yeast upstream activating sequences. Implications for eukaryotic promoter structure. Curr Biol 12(14):1240-4
16) Grant PA, et al.  (1998) A subset of TAF(II)s are integral components of the SAGA complex required for nucleosome acetylation and transcriptional stimulation. Cell 94(1):45-53
17) Pray-Grant MG, et al.  (2002) The novel SLIK histone acetyltransferase complex functions in the yeast retrograde response pathway. Mol Cell Biol 22(24):8774-86
18) Warfield L, et al.  (2004) Positive and negative functions of the SAGA complex mediated through interaction of Spt8 with TBP and the N-terminal domain of TFIIA. Genes Dev 18(9):1022-34
19) Huisinga KL and Pugh BF  (2004) A genome-wide housekeeping role for TFIID and a highly regulated stress-related role for SAGA in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Mol Cell 13(4):573-85
20) Basehoar AD, et al.  (2004) Identification and distinct regulation of yeast TATA box-containing genes. Cell 116(5):699-709