A role for the TFIIH XPB DNA helicase in promoter escape by RNA polymerase II.

Abstract

TFIIH is an RNA polymerase II transcription factor that performs ATP-dependent functions in both transcription initiation, where it catalyzes formation of the open complex, and in promoter escape, where it suppresses arrest of the early elongation complex at promoter-proximal sites. TFIIH possesses three known ATP-dependent activities: a 3' --> 5' DNA helicase catalyzed by its XPB subunit, a 5' --> 3' DNA helicase catalyzed by its XPD subunit, and a carboxyl-terminal domain (CTD) kinase activity catalyzed by its CDK7 subunit. In this report, we exploit TFIIH mutants to investigate the contributions of TFIIH DNA helicase and CTD kinase activities to efficient promoter escape by RNA polymerase II in a minimal transcription system reconstituted with purified polymerase and general initiation factors. Our findings argue that the TFIIH XPB DNA helicase is primarily responsible for preventing premature arrest of early elongation intermediates during exit of polymerase from the promoter.

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@article{Moreland1999ARF, title={A role for the TFIIH XPB DNA helicase in promoter escape by RNA polymerase II.}, author={Rodney J. Moreland and Franck Tirode and Q G Yan and Joan W Conaway and Jean-Marc Egly and Ronald C. Conaway}, journal={The Journal of biological chemistry}, year={1999}, volume={274 32}, pages={22127-30} }