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Little is known about the regions of RNA polymerase II (RNAPII) that are involved in the process of transcript elongation and interaction with elongation factors. One elongation factor, TFIIS, stimulates transcript elongation by binding to RNAPII and facilitating its passage through intrinsic pausing sites in vitro. In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, TFIIS is(More)
While screening for genes that affect the synthesis of yeast snRNPs, we identified a thermosensitive mutant that abolishes the production of a reporter snRNA at the non-permissive temperature. This mutant defines a new gene, named BDF1. In a bdf1-1 strain, the reporter snRNA synthesized before the temperature shift remains stable at the non-permissive(More)
Transcription factor TFIIIC mediates tRNA and 5S RNA gene activation by binding to intragenic promoter elements. The factor from Saccharomyces cerevisiae, also called tau, is a large, multisubunit protein (550-650 kDa) containing two polypeptides that interact directly with DNA encoding tRNA (tDNA). We have obtained peptide sequences from the 95-kDa(More)
The multisubunit yeast transcription factor IIIC (TFIIIC; also called tau) can undergo considerable conformational changes upon binding to the A and B blocks of tRNA genes. After binding to DNA encoding tRNA (tDNA), TFIIIC acts as an assembly factor to recruit an initiation factor, TFIIIB, via its tau 131 subunit. We have cloned the gene encoding the tau(More)
The Saccharomyces cerevisiae mutant rpo B1 produces a DNA-dependent RNA polymerase B defective in RNA synthesis in vitro. RNA polymerase B purified from the mutant is altered both structurally and functionally. The enzyme is defective in the RNA chain initiation and elongation reactions. Enzyme-DNA binding is comparatively much less affected. These(More)
Yeast transcription factor tau interacts with the A and B blocks of the intragenic promoter of tRNA genes. The structure of tau was investigated by identifying the polypeptide chains specifically complexed to the tRNA3Glu gene. Highly purified factor, obtained by an improved purification procedure, contained several polypeptide chains, four of which (Mr =(More)
Transcription of eukaryotic transfer RNA genes involves, as a primary event, the stable binding of a protein factor to the intragenic promoter. The internal control region is composed of two non-contiguous conserved sequence elements, the A and B blocks. These are variably spaced depending on the genes. tau, a large transcription factor purified from yeast(More)