Reference: Lariviere L, et al. (2008) Structure-system correlation identifies a gene regulatory Mediator submodule. Genes Dev 22(7):872-877

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A combination of crystallography, biochemistry, and gene expression analysis identifies the coactivator subcomplex Med8C/18/20 as a functionally distinct submodule of the Mediator head module. Med8C forms a conserved alpha-helix that tethers Med18/20 to the Mediator. Deletion of Med8C in vivo results in dissociation of Med18/20 from Mediator and in loss of transcription activity of extracts. Deletion of med8C, med18, or med20 causes similar changes in the yeast transcriptome, establishing Med8C/18/20 as a predominantly positive, gene-specific submodule required for low transcription levels of nonactivated genes, including conjugation genes. The presented structure-based system perturbation is superior to gene deletion analysis of gene regulation.

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Lariviere L, Seizl M, van Wageningen S, Rother S, van de Pasch L, Feldmann H, Strasser K, Hahn S, Holstege FC, Cramer P
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