Reference: Tan Q, et al. (2000) Multiple mechanisms of suppression circumvent transcription defects in an RNA polymerase mutant. Mol Cell Biol 20(21):8124-33

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Using a high-copy-number suppressor screen to obtain clues about the role of the yeast RNA polymerase II subunit RPB4 in transcription, we identified three suppressors of the temperature sensitivity resulting from deletion of the RPB4 gene (DeltaRPB4). One suppressor is Sro9p, a protein related to La protein, another is the nucleosporin Nsp1p, and the third is the RNA polymerase II subunit RPB7. Suppression by RPB7 was anticipated since its interaction with RPB4 is well established both in vitro and in vivo. We examined the effect of overexpression of each suppressor gene on transcription. Interestingly, suppression of the temperature-sensitive phenotype correlates with the correction of a characteristic transcription defect of this mutant: each suppressor restored the level of promoter-specific, basal transcription to wild-type levels. Examination of the effects of the suppressors on other in vivo transcription aberrations in DeltaRPB4 cells revealed significant amelioration of defects in certain inducible genes in Sro9p and RPB7, but not in Nsp1p, suppressor cells. Analysis of mRNA levels demonstrated that overexpression of each of the three suppressors minimally doubled the mRNA levels during stationary phase. However, the elevated mRNA levels in Sro9p suppressor cells appear to result from a combination of enhanced transcription and message stability. Taken together, these results demonstrate that these three proteins influence transcription and implicate Sro9p in both transcription and posttranscription events.

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Journal Article | Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
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Tan Q, Li X, Sadhale PP, Miyao T, Woychik NA
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