Stimulation of RNA polymerase II transcript cleavage activity contributes to maintain transcriptional fidelity in yeast

Genes Cells. 2007 May;12(5):547-59. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2443.2007.01072.x.


The transcription elongation factor S-II, also designated TFIIS, stimulates the nascent transcript cleavage activity intrinsic to RNA polymerase II. Rpb9, a small subunit of RNA polymerase II, enhances the cleavage stimulation activity of S-II. Here, we investigated the role of nascent transcript cleavage stimulation activity on the maintenance of transcriptional fidelity in yeast. In yeast, S-II is encoded by the DST1 gene. Disruption of the DST1 gene decreased transcriptional fidelity in cells. Mutations in the DST1 gene that reduce the S-II cleavage stimulation activity led to decreased transcriptional fidelity in cells. A disruption mutant of the RPB9 gene also had decreased transcriptional fidelity. Expression of mutant Rpb9 proteins that are unable to enhance the S-II cleavage stimulation activity failed to restore the phenotype. These results suggest that both S-II and Rpb9 maintain transcriptional fidelity by stimulating the cleavage activity intrinsic to RNA polymerase II. Also, a DST1 and RPB9 double mutant had more severe transcriptional fidelity defect compared with the DST1 gene deletion mutant, suggesting that Rpb9 maintains transcriptional fidelity via two mechanisms, enhancement of S-II dependent cleavage stimulation and S-II independent function(s).

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Base Sequence
  • DNA, Fungal / genetics
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / chemistry
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / genetics
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / metabolism
  • Drug Resistance, Fungal / genetics
  • Genes, Fungal
  • Genes, Reporter
  • Lac Operon
  • Models, Molecular
  • Mutation
  • Oxidative Stress
  • Protein Subunits
  • RNA Polymerase II / chemistry
  • RNA Polymerase II / genetics
  • RNA Polymerase II / metabolism*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / drug effects
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / genetics*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / metabolism*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins / chemistry
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins / genetics
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins / metabolism*
  • Transcription, Genetic
  • Transcriptional Elongation Factors / chemistry
  • Transcriptional Elongation Factors / genetics
  • Transcriptional Elongation Factors / metabolism
  • Vitamin K 3 / pharmacology


  • DNA, Fungal
  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • DST1 protein, S cerevisiae
  • Protein Subunits
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins
  • Transcriptional Elongation Factors
  • transcription factor S-II
  • Vitamin K 3
  • RNA Polymerase II
  • Rpb9 protein, S cerevisiae