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Paf1 and Ctr9, core components of the PAF1 complex, maintain low levels of telomeric repeat containing RNA

Lookup NU author(s): Professor David Lydall



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The conserved PAF1 complex (Cdc73, Paf1, Ctr9, Leo1 and Rtf1, in yeast), binds RNA pol II, and affects levels of many RNAs. Although PAF1 is a complex, there is evidence that different components perform different functions. In yeast, Cdc73, Paf1 and Ctr9 maintain normal telomerase RNA (TLC1) levels and affect telomere length. Here we report a new connection between the PAF1 complex and telomere biology. We show that Paf1 and Ctr9 maintain low telomere repeat containing RNA (TERRA) levels while Cdc73, Leo1 and Rtf1 have lesser effects. Analysis of double mutants shows that Paf1 and Ctr9 can affect TERRA independently of Sir4, Rat1, and Trf4, previously identified regulators of TERRA. The data suggest that Paf1 and Ctr9 maintain low TERRA levels by affecting both transcription and degradation and that short telomeres in cdc73Δ, paf1Δ and ctr9Δ mutants do not induce TERRA. These data establish the PAF1 complex as a new regulator of TERRA, and are consistent with the model in which Paf1 and Ctr9, the core components of the PAF1 complex, affect transcript levels and cell fitness by numerous mechanisms.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Rodrigues J, Lydall D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Nucleic Acids Research

Year: 2018

Volume: 46

Issue: 2

Pages: 621-634

Print publication date: 25/01/2018

Online publication date: 14/11/2017

Acceptance date: 27/10/2017

Date deposited: 21/11/2017

ISSN (print): 0305-1048

ISSN (electronic): 1362-4962

Publisher: Oxford University Press


DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkx1131


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BB/M002314/1Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)