[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: RNA polymerase II (RNAPII) transcribes protein-coding genes in eukaryotes and interacts with factors involved in chromatin remodeling, transcriptional activation, elongation, and RNA processing. Here, we present the isolation of native RNAPII complexes using mild extraction conditions and immunoaffinity purification. RNAPII complexes were extracted from mitotic cells, where they exist dissociated from chromatin. The proteomic content of native complexes in total and size-fractionated extracts was determined using highly sensitive LC-MS/MS. Protein associations with RNAPII were validated by high-resolution immunolocalization experiments in both mitotic cells and in interphase nuclei. Functional assays of transcriptional activity were performed after siRNA-mediated knockdown. We identify >400 RNAPII associated proteins in mitosis, among these previously uncharacterized proteins for which we show roles in transcriptional elongation. We also identify, as novel functional RNAPII interactors, two proteins involved in human disease, ALMS1 and TFG, emphasizing the importance of gene regulation for normal development and physiology.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Since most cellular processes depend on interactions between proteins, information about protein-protein interactions (PPIs) provide valuable insights into protein function. Over the last years, quantitative affinity purification followed by mass spectrometry (q-AP-MS) has become a powerful approach to investigate PPIs in an unbiased manner. In q-AP-MS the protein of interest is biochemically enriched together with its interaction partners. In parallel, a control experiment is performed to control for non-specific binding. Quantitative mass spectrometry is then employed to compare protein levels in both samples and to exclude non-specific contaminants. Here, we provide two detailed q-AP-MS protocols for pull-downs with immobilized bait proteins or transient transfection of tagged expression constructs. We discuss benefits and limitations of q-AP-MS and highlight critical parameters that need to be considered. The protocols and background information presented here allow the reader to adapt the generic q-AP-MS strategy for a wide range of biological questions.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Cysteine synthesis in bacteria and plants is catalyzed by serine acetyltransferase (SAT) and O-acetylserine (thiol)-lyase (OAS-TL), which form the hetero-oligomeric cysteine synthase complex (CSC). In plants, but not in bacteria, the CSC is assumed to control cellular sulfur homeostasis by reversible association of the subunits. Application of size exclusion chromatography, analytical ultracentrifugation, and isothermal titration calorimetry revealed a hexameric structure of mitochondrial SAT from Arabidopsis thaliana (AtSATm) and a 2:1 ratio of the OAS-TL dimer to the SAT hexamer in the CSC. Comparable results were obtained for the composition of the cytosolic SAT from A. thaliana (AtSATc) and the cytosolic SAT from Glycine max (Glyma16g03080, GmSATc) and their corresponding CSCs. The hexameric SAT structure is also supported by the calculated binding energies between SAT trimers. The interaction sites of dimers of AtSATm trimers are identified using peptide arrays. A negative Gibbs free energy (ΔG = -33 kcal mol(-1)) explains the spontaneous formation of the AtCSCs, whereas the measured SAT:OAS-TL affinity (K(D) = 30 nm) is 10 times weaker than that of bacterial CSCs. Free SAT from bacteria is >100-fold more sensitive to feedback inhibition by cysteine than AtSATm/c. The sensitivity of plant SATs to cysteine is further decreased by CSC formation, whereas the feedback inhibition of bacterial SAT by cysteine is not affected by CSC formation. The data demonstrate highly similar quaternary structures of the CSCs from bacteria and plants but emphasize differences with respect to the affinity of CSC formation (K(D)) and the regulation of cysteine sensitivity of SAT within the CSC.
Journal of Biological Chemistry 10/2010; 285(43):32810-7. · 4.65 Impact Factor