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Lookup NU author(s): Dr Aline Pic-Taylor,
Professor Brian Morgan
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Recent studies in Saccharomyces cerevisiae by using global approaches have significantly enhanced our knowledge of the components involved in the transcriptional regulation of the cell cycle [1-3]. The Mcm1p-Fkh2p complex, in combination with the coactivator Ndd1p, plays an important role in the cell cycle-dependent expression of the CLB2 gene cluster during the G2 and M phases ([4-7]; see [8-10] for reviews). Fkh2p is phosphorylated in a cell cycle-dependent manner, and peak phosphorylation occurs coincidentally with maximal expression of Mcm1p-Fkh2p-dependent gene expression . However, the mechanism by which this complex is activated in a cell cycle-dependent manner is unknown. Here, we demonstrate that the forkhead-associated (FHA) domain of Fkh2p directs cell cycle-regulated transcription and that the activity of this domain is dependent on the coactivator Ndd1p. Ndd1p was found to be phosphorylated in a cell cycle-dependent manner by Cdc28p-Clb2p, and, importantly, this phosphorylation event promotes interactions between Ndd1p and the FHA domain of Fkh2p. Furthermore, mutation of the FHA domain blocks these phosphorylation-dependent interactions and abolishes transcriptional activity. Our data therefore link the transcriptional activity of the FHA domain with cell cycle-dependent phosphorylation of the coactivator Ndd1p and reveal a mechanism that permits precise temporal activation of the Mcm1p-Fkh2p complex.
Author(s): Darieva Z, Pic-Taylor A, Boros J, Spanos A, Geymonat M, Reece RJ, Sedgwick SG, Sharrocks AD, Morgan BA
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Current Biology
ISSN (print): 0960-9822
ISSN (electronic): 1879-0445
Publisher: Cell Press
PubMed id: 14521842
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