A direct interaction between the Utp6 half-a-tetratricopeptide repeat domain and a specific peptide in Utp21 is essential for efficient pre-rRNA processing.

The small subunit (SSU) processome is a ribosome biogenesis intermediate that assembles from its subcomplexes onto the pre-18S rRNA with yet unknown order and structure. Here, we investigate the architecture of the UtpB subcomplex of the SSU processome, focusing on the interaction between the half-a-tetratricopeptide repeat (HAT) domain of Utp6 ...
and a specific peptide in Utp21. We present a comprehensive map of the interactions within the UtpB subcomplex and further show that the N-terminal domain of Utp6 interacts with Utp18 while the HAT domain interacts with Utp21. Using a panel of point and deletion mutants of Utp6, we show that an intact HAT domain is essential for efficient pre-rRNA processing and cell growth. Further investigation of the Utp6-Utp21 interaction using both genetic and biophysical methods shows that the HAT domain binds a specific peptide ligand in Utp21, the first example of a HAT domain peptide ligand, with a dissociation constant of 10 muM.
Mesh Terms:
Amino Acid Sequence, Ligands, Molecular Sequence Data, Mutation, Nuclear Proteins, Peptides, Protein Binding, Protein Structure, Tertiary, Protein Subunits, RNA Precursors, RNA Processing, Post-Transcriptional, Repetitive Sequences, Amino Acid, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins
Mol. Cell. Biol.
Date: Nov. 01, 2008
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