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Transcription profiling of fission yeast SAGA mutants shows that the SAGA complex controls the switch from proliferation to sexual differentiation through the opposing roles of its subunits Gcn5 and Spt8


ABSTRACT: The SAGA complex is a conserved multifunctional coactivator known to play broad roles in eukaryotic transcription. To gain new insights into its functions, we have performed biochemical and genetic analyses of SAGA in the fission yeast, Schizosaccharomyces pombe. Purification of the S. pombe SAGA complex showed that its subunit composition is identical to that of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Analysis of S. pombe SAGA mutants revealed that SAGA has two opposing roles regulating sexual differentiation. First, in nutrient rich conditions, the SAGA histone acetyltransferase, Gcn5, represses ste11+, which encodes the master regulator of the mating pathway. In contrast, the SAGA subunit Spt8 is required for the induction of ste11+ upon nutrient starvation. Chromatin immunoprecipitation experiments suggest that these regulatory effects are direct, as SAGA is physically associated with the ste11+ promoter independent of nutrient levels. Genetic tests suggest that nutrient levels do cause a switch in SAGA function, as spt8? suppresses gcn5? with respect to ste11+ derepression in rich medium, whereas the opposite relationship, gcn5? suppression of spt8?, occurs during starvation. Thus, SAGA plays distinct roles in the control of the switch from proliferation to differentiation in S. pombe through the dynamic and opposing activities of Gcn5 and Spt8.

INSTRUMENT(S): Axon GenePix 4000B scanning hardware

ORGANISM(S): Schizosaccharomyces pombe  

SUBMITTER: Jürg Bähler   Fred Winston   Dominique Helmlinger   Samuel Marguerat  

PROVIDER: E-MTAB-53 | ArrayExpress | 2008-11-19

REPOSITORIES: ArrayExpress

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The S. pombe SAGA complex controls the switch from proliferation to sexual differentiation through the opposing roles of its subunits Gcn5 and Spt8.

Helmlinger Dominique D   Marguerat Samuel S   Villén Judit J   Gygi Steven P SP   Bähler Jürg J   Winston Fred F  

Genes & development 20081101 22


The SAGA complex is a conserved multifunctional coactivator known to play broad roles in eukaryotic transcription. To gain new insights into its functions, we performed biochemical and genetic analyses of SAGA in the fission yeast, Schizosaccharomyces pombe. Purification of the S. pombe SAGA complex showed that its subunit composition is identical to that of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Analysis of S. pombe SAGA mutants revealed that SAGA has two opposing roles regulating sexual differentiation. Fi  ...[more]

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