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A new role for proteins subunits of RNase P: stabilization of the telomerase holoenzyme

Author(s): Garcia, PD; Zakian, Virginia A

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Abstract: RNase P, an RNA-protein complex, is essential for processing tRNAs. Three of the ten protein subunits of Saccharomyces cerevisiae RNase P (and a related complex, RNase MRP) co-purify with yeast telomerase, another RNA-protein complex. The three telomeraseassociated proteins, Pop1, 6 and 7, bind to TLC1, the RNA subunit of telomerase. In a recent study (Garcia et al. Nat Commun), we used temperature sensitive alleles of the essential POP genes to determine their role in telomerase biogenesis. At permissive temperature, pop mutant cells grow normally, and the abundance of most proteins, including protein subunits of telomerase, is similar to wild type (WT). However, telomeres are short, and the amount of the mature telomerase holoenzyme is low. Unlike the RNA subunit of RNase MRP, TLC1 is more abundant in pop cells and properly folded, except at the Cs2a/TeSS domain where the Pop proteins bind. These defects correlate with defective movement of TLC1 from the cytoplasm, where it associates with telomerase proteins, back to the nucleus where it lengthens telomeres. Thus, Pop proteins are needed for the stable association of telomerase proteins with TLC1, and their reduction sequesters mature telomerase in the cytoplasm, away from its nuclear substrates.
Publication Date: 1-Jan-2020
Electronic Publication Date: 17-Jun-2020
Citation: Garcia, PD, Zakian, VA. (2020). A new role for proteins subunits of RNase P: stabilization of the telomerase holoenzyme. Microbial Cell, 7 (9), 250 - 254. doi:10.15698/MIC2020.09.730
DOI: doi:10.15698/MIC2020.09.730
EISSN: 2311-2638
Pages: 250 - 254
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Microbial Cell
Version: Final published version. This is an open access article.

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