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The THP1-SAC3-SUS1-CDC31 complex works in transcription elongation-mRNA export preventing RNA-mediated genome instability.

Centro Andaluz de Biologia Molecular y Medicina Regenerativa, Universidad de Sevilla-CSIC, 41092 Sevilla, Spain.
Molecular biology of the cell (Impact Factor: 5.98). 08/2008; 19(10):4310-8. DOI: 10.1091/mbc.E08-04-0355
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ABSTRACT The eukaryotic THO/TREX complex, involved in mRNP biogenesis, plays a key role in the maintenance of genome integrity in yeast. mRNA export factors such as Thp1-Sac3 also affect genome integrity, but their mutations have other phenotypes different from those of THO/TREX. Sus1 is a novel component of SAGA transcription factor that also associates with Thp1-Sac3, but little is known about its effect on genome instability and transcription. Here we show that Thp1, Sac3, and Sus1 form a functional unit with a role in mRNP biogenesis and maintenance of genome integrity that is independent of SAGA. Importantly, the effects of ribozyme-containing transcription units, RNase H, and the action of human activation-induced cytidine deaminase on transcription and genome instability are consistent with the possibility that R-loops are formed in Thp1-Sac3-Sus1-Cdc31 as in THO mutants. Our data reveal that Thp1-Sac3-Sus1-Cdc31, together with THO/TREX, define a specific pathway connecting transcription elongation with export via an RNA-dependent dynamic process that provides a feedback mechanism for the control of transcription and the preservation of genetic integrity of transcribed DNA regions.

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