Functions for S. cerevisiae Swd2p in 3' end formation of specific mRNAs and snoRNAs and global histone 3 lysine 4 methylation

RNA. 2004 Jun;10(6):965-77. doi: 10.1261/rna.7090104.


The Saccharomyces cerevisiae WD-40 repeat protein Swd2p associates with two functionally distinct multiprotein complexes: the cleavage and polyadenylation factor (CPF) that is involved in pre-mRNA and snoRNA 3' end formation and the SET1 complex (SET1C) that methylates histone 3 lysine 4. Based on bioinformatic analysis we predict a seven-bladed beta-propeller structure for Swd2p proteins. Northern, transcriptional run-on and in vitro 3' end cleavage analyses suggest that temperature sensitive swd2 strains were defective in 3' end formation of specific mRNAs and snoRNAs. Protein-protein interaction studies support a role for Swd2p in the assembly of 3' end formation complexes. Furthermore, histone 3 lysine 4 di-and tri-methylation were adversely affected and telomeres were shortened in swd2 mutants. Underaccumulation of the Set1p methyltransferase accounts for the observed loss of SET1C activity and suggests a requirement for Swd2p for the stability or assembly of this complex. We also provide evidence that the roles of Swd2p as component of CPF and SET1C are functionally independent. Taken together, our results establish a dual requirement for Swd2p in 3' end formation and histone tail modification.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Base Sequence
  • DNA, Fungal / genetics
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / genetics
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / metabolism
  • Histone-Lysine N-Methyltransferase
  • Histones / chemistry
  • Histones / metabolism*
  • Lysine / chemistry
  • Macromolecular Substances
  • Methylation
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Multiprotein Complexes
  • RNA, Fungal / chemistry
  • RNA, Fungal / genetics
  • RNA, Fungal / metabolism*
  • RNA, Messenger / chemistry
  • RNA, Messenger / genetics
  • RNA, Messenger / metabolism*
  • RNA, Small Nucleolar / chemistry
  • RNA, Small Nucleolar / genetics
  • RNA, Small Nucleolar / metabolism*
  • Repetitive Sequences, Amino Acid
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / genetics
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / metabolism
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins / genetics
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins / metabolism*
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid
  • Transcription Factors / genetics
  • Transcription Factors / metabolism
  • mRNA Cleavage and Polyadenylation Factors / genetics
  • mRNA Cleavage and Polyadenylation Factors / metabolism


  • DNA, Fungal
  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • Histones
  • Macromolecular Substances
  • Multiprotein Complexes
  • RNA, Fungal
  • RNA, Messenger
  • RNA, Small Nucleolar
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins
  • Transcription Factors
  • mRNA Cleavage and Polyadenylation Factors
  • Histone-Lysine N-Methyltransferase
  • SET1 protein, S cerevisiae
  • SWD2 protein, S cerevisiae
  • Lysine