STM1, a gene which encodes a guanine quadruplex binding protein, interacts with CDC13 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Department of Molecular Oncology, Cancer Research Institute, Kanazawa University, 13-1 Takara-machi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-0934, Japan.
Molecular Genetics and Genomics (Impact Factor: 2.73). 09/2002; 267(6):806-13. DOI: 10.1007/s00438-002-0712-3
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The CDC13 gene encodes a protein that binds to the G-rich single-strand at yeast telomeres, and serves as a regulator of telomere replication. Cdc13 interacts with Est1 and DNA polymerase alpha, and cells carrying the temperature-sensitive allele cdc13-1 cannot complete telomere replication at the restrictive temperature and possess long telomeres. We attempted to isolate and characterize genes that interact with CDC13, in order to clarify the molecular mechanisms of telomere replication. A STM1 cDNA was isolated in a two-hybrid screen using CDC13 as a bait. The temperature-sensitive growth phenotype and the alteration in telomere size in cdc13-1 cells were corrected by introduction of the STM1 gene on a multicopy vector, but the extended G-rich single-strand overhangs which are also characteristic in the cdc13-1 mutant were not affected. Furthermore, we found that multiple copies of SGS1, a gene encoding a helicase that can unwind guanine quadruplexes, inhibited suppression of the cdc13-1 phenotype by STM1. We also demonstrate that a fusion protein consisting of the N-terminal region of Cdc13 and the C-terminal region of Stm1 (which shows similarity to the beta-subunit of the telomere binding complex in Oxytricha) could complement a cdc13 disruptant. Although STM1 itself is not essential for telomere replication, our findings suggest that STM1 genetically interacts with CDC13 to maintain telomere structure.

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    • "The G-rich single-strand 3′ overhang that constitutes the substrate for telomerase can adopt unusual secondary structures. In particular, it may fold into very stable G-quadruplexes or G4-DNA (Hayashi and Murakami, 2002; Zhang et al., 2010; Smith et al., 2011). These structures may constitute an obstacle for telomere replication, telomerase recruitment and telomere elongation by telomerase (Paeschke et al., 2010). "
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    • "Interestingly, Est1 could convert the single-stranded telomeric DNA to a G quadruplex structure to prevent telomerase RNA TLC1 from annealing at the internal part of the single-stranded telomeric DNA, thereby positioning telomerase to the proximal 3 0 terminus (Zhang et al., 2010). In agreement with these results, Cdc13 interacts in a two-hybrid screen with a G-quadruplex-binding protein called Smt1, which suppresses the ts phenotype of cdc13-1 when overexpressed (Hayashi and Murakami, 2002). "
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    • "The Saccharomyces cerevisiae gene STM1 and its encoded protein Stm1p have been implicated in myriad biological processes, including apoptosis, cell-cycle regulation, telomere biosynthesis, cell-life span regulation, messenger RNA (mRNA) degradation and nutritional stress responses (1–11). However, it is not inherently obvious how a single protein is able to influence so many different biological processes. "
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