Bdf1 Bromodomains Are Essential for Meiosis and the Expression of Meiotic-Specific Genes

PLoS Genet. 2017 Jan 9;13(1):e1006541. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1006541. eCollection 2017 Jan.


Bromodomain and Extra-terminal motif (BET) proteins play a central role in transcription regulation and chromatin signalling pathways. They are present in unicellular eukaryotes and in this study, the role of the BET protein Bdf1 has been explored in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Mutation of Bdf1 bromodomains revealed defects on both the formation of spores and the meiotic progression, blocking cells at the exit from prophase, before the first meiotic division. This phenotype is associated with a massive deregulation of the transcription of meiotic genes and Bdf1 bromodomains are required for appropriate expression of the key meiotic transcription factor NDT80 and almost all the Ndt80-inducible genes, including APC complex components. Bdf1 notably accumulates on the promoter of Ndt80 and its recruitment is dependent on Bdf1 bromodomains. In addition, the ectopic expression of NDT80 during meiosis partially bypasses this dependency. Finally, purification of Bdf1 partners identified two independent complexes with Bdf2 or the SWR complex, neither of which was required to complete sporulation. Taken together, our results unveil a new role for Bdf1 -working independently from its predominant protein partners Bdf2 and the SWR1 complex-as a regulator of meiosis-specific genes.

MeSH terms

  • Adenosine Triphosphatases / genetics
  • Adenosine Triphosphatases / metabolism
  • Binding Sites
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / genetics
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / metabolism
  • Meiosis / genetics*
  • Protein Binding
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / cytology
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / genetics*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / metabolism
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins / chemistry
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins / genetics
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins / metabolism*
  • Transcription Factors / chemistry
  • Transcription Factors / genetics
  • Transcription Factors / metabolism*


  • BDF1 protein, S cerevisiae
  • BDF2 protein, S cerevisiae
  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • NDT80 protein, S cerevisiae
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins
  • Transcription Factors
  • Adenosine Triphosphatases
  • Swr1 protein, S cerevisiae

Grant support

This work was supported by the Fond d'Intervention of the University Grenoble Alpes [to JG], the Agence Nationale de la Recherche [ANR-11-PDOC-0011 to JG]; the European Union FP7 Marie Curie Action “Career Integration Grant” [304003 to JG] and the Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale [SPF20140129159 to EGO]. This study received financial support from the French National Research Agency ANR-10-INBS-08 ProFI, Proteomics French Infrastructure. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.