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While initiation of transcription by RNA polymerase III (Pol III) has been thoroughly investigated, molecular mechanisms driving transcription termination remain poorly understood. Here we describe how the characterization of the in vitro transcriptional properties of a Pol III variant (Pol IIIdelta), lacking the C11, C37, and C53 subunits, revealed crucial(More)
RNA polymerase II carboxy terminal domain (CTD) kinases are key elements in the control of mRNA synthesis. Yeast CTD kinase I (CTDK-I), is a non-essential complex involved in the regulation of mRNA synthesis at the level of transcription elongation, pre-mRNA 3' formation and nuclear export. Here, we report that CTDK-I is also involved in ribosomal RNA(More)
Regulation of growth ultimately depends on the control of synthesis of new ribosomes. Ribosome biogenesis is thus a key element of cell biology, which is tightly regulated in response to environmental conditions. In eukaryotic cells, the supply of ribosomal components involves the activities of the three forms of nuclear RNA polymerase (Pol I, Pol II and(More)
The multisubunit yeast transcription factor IIIC (TFIIIC) is a multifunctional protein required for promoter recognition, transcription factor IIIB recruitment, and chromatin antirepression. We report the isolation and characterization of TFC7, an essential gene encoding the 55-kDa polypeptide, tau55, present in affinity-purified TFIIIC. tau55 is a chimeric(More)
Toxic metals are part of our environment, and undue exposure to them leads to a variety of pathologies. In response, most organisms adapt their metabolism and have evolved systems to limit this toxicity and to acquire tolerance. Ribosome biosynthesis being central for protein synthesis, we analyzed in yeast the effects of a moderate concentration of cadmium(More)
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