An essential role for Clp1 in assembly of polyadenylation complex CF IA and Pol II transcription termination

Nucleic Acids Res. 2012 Feb;40(3):1226-39. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkr800. Epub 2011 Oct 12.


Polyadenylation is a co-transcriptional process that modifies mRNA 3'-ends in eukaryotes. In yeast, CF IA and CPF constitute the core 3'-end maturation complex. CF IA comprises Rna14p, Rna15p, Pcf11p and Clp1p. CF IA interacts with the C-terminal domain of RNA Pol II largest subunit via Pcf11p which links pre-mRNA 3'-end processing to transcription termination. Here, we analysed the role of Clp1p in 3' processing. Clp1p binds ATP and interacts in CF IA with Pcf11p only. Depletion of Clp1p abolishes transcription termination. Moreover, we found that association of mutations in the ATP-binding domain and in the distant Pcf11p-binding region impair 3'-end processing. Strikingly, these mutations prevent not only Clp1p-Pcf11p interaction but also association of Pcf11p with Rna14p-Rna15p. ChIP experiments showed that Rna15p cross-linking to the 3'-end of a protein-coding gene is perturbed by these mutations whereas Pcf11p is only partially affected. Our study reveals an essential role of Clp1p in CF IA organization. We postulate that Clp1p transmits conformational changes to RNA Pol II through Pcf11p to couple transcription termination and 3'-end processing. These rearrangements likely rely on the correct orientation of ATP within Clp1p.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Alleles
  • Mutation
  • Polyadenylation
  • Protein Subunits / metabolism
  • RNA 3' End Processing*
  • RNA Polymerase II / metabolism*
  • RNA, Small Nucleolar / genetics
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins / genetics
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins / metabolism*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins / physiology
  • Transcription, Genetic*
  • mRNA Cleavage and Polyadenylation Factors / genetics
  • mRNA Cleavage and Polyadenylation Factors / metabolism*
  • mRNA Cleavage and Polyadenylation Factors / physiology


  • Clp1 protein, S cerevisiae
  • PCF11 protein, S cerevisiae
  • Protein Subunits
  • RNA, Small Nucleolar
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins
  • mRNA Cleavage and Polyadenylation Factors
  • RNA Polymerase II