Alternative Mechanisms for Coordinating Polymerase and MCM Helicase

Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853, USA.
Molecular and Cellular Biology (Impact Factor: 4.78). 11/2009; 30(2):423-35. DOI: 10.1128/MCB.01240-09
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Functional coordination between DNA replication helicases and DNA polymerases at replication forks, achieved through physical
linkages, has been demonstrated in prokaryotes but not in eukaryotes. In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, we showed that mutations that compromise the activity of the MCM helicase enhance the physical stability of DNA polymerase
α in the absence of their presumed linker, Mcm10. Mcm10 is an essential DNA replication protein implicated in the stable assembly
of the replisome by virtue of its interaction with the MCM2-7 helicase and Polα. Dominant mcm2 suppressors of mcm10 mutants restore viability by restoring the stability of Polα without restoring the stability of Mcm10, in a Mec1-dependent
manner. In this process, the single-stranded DNA accumulation observed in the mcm10 mutant is suppressed. The activities of key checkpoint regulators known to be important for replication fork stabilization
contribute to the efficiency of suppression. These results suggest that Mcm10 plays two important roles as a linker of the
MCM helicase and Polα at the elongating replication fork—first, to coordinate the activities of these two molecular motors,
and second, to ensure their physical stability and the integrity of the replication fork.

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    • "Mcm10 FL and Mcm2 FL Two hybrid (Lee et al. 2010) Mcm10 FL and Mcm3 FL Two hybrid (Liachko and Tye 2009) Mcm10 FL and Mcm6 FL Two hybrid (Merchant et al. 1997) Mcm10 FL and Mcm6 FL Two hybrid (van Deursen et al. 2012) Chromosoma seems to activate the complex, since the CMG cannot unwind DNA in the absence of Mcm10 and stays associated with the origin (Kanke et al. 2012; van Deursen et al. 2012; Watase et al. 2012). Finally, with the help of Ctf4, DNA polymerase α (Polα) is recruited (Gambus et al. 2009; Kang et al. 2013; Simon et al. 2014). "
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