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Genome-wide analyses reveal widespread roles for Spt5 in sense and antisense transcription [ChIP-seq_round2]

ABSTRACT: Many proteins associate with elongating RNA polymerase II (RNAPII), although the functions of most of them are still not well understood. Spt5 is an essential transcription elongation factor that binds directly to RNA polymerase and is conserved in prokaryotes, archaea, and eukaryotes1. In eukaryotes, evidence suggests that Spt5 functions in transcription elongation by both RNA polymerases I and II, mRNA capping, mRNA splicing, and mRNA 3’ end formation2. However, the genome-wide requirement for Spt5 in transcription has not been extensively studied. To address this issue, we have comprehensively analyzed the consequences of Spt5 depletion on transcription by RNAPII in Schizosaccharomyces pombe using four genome-wide approaches: ChIP-seq, NET-seq, 4tU-seq, and RNA-seq. Our results demonstrate that, in the absence of Spt5, RNAPII accumulates at a high level over the first ~500 bp of transcription units, suggesting that Spt5 is globally required to elongate past a barrier to transcription. This possibility is strongly supported by results showing that Spt5 is required for a normal level of RNA synthesis. In addition to these effects on sense-strand transcription, Spt5 depletion results in widespread convergent antisense transcription that initiates at approximately the same position as the sense-strand barrier. While the role of these antisense transcripts is unknown, the two that were tested control the distribution of RNAPII. Our results also show that Spt5 represses divergent antisense transcription, explaining why it has not been previously observed in S. pombe. Taken together, our results reveal a global and critical role for Spt5 in multiple classes of transcription by RNAPII. Overall design: Four ChIP experiments (anti-Pol II, S2P, S5P, and Spt5) in biological duplicate, with three strains (Spt5-degron, Spt5-untagged, and Spt5-tagged), and three conditions (treatment with DMSO, with NAA+T, no treatment)

INSTRUMENT(S): Illumina NextSeq 500 (Schizosaccharomyces pombe)

SUBMITTER: Peter J Park  

PROVIDER: GSE93803 | GEO | 2017-03-30



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Spt5 Plays Vital Roles in the Control of Sense and Antisense Transcription Elongation.

Shetty Ameet A   Kallgren Scott P SP   Demel Carina C   Maier Kerstin C KC   Spatt Dan D   Alver Burak H BH   Cramer Patrick P   Park Peter J PJ   Winston Fred F  

Molecular cell 20170330 1

Spt5 is an essential and conserved factor that functions in transcription and co-transcriptional processes. However, many aspects of the requirement for Spt5 in transcription are poorly understood. We have analyzed the consequences of Spt5 depletion in Schizosaccharomyces pombe using four genome-wide approaches. Our results demonstrate that Spt5 is crucial for a normal rate of RNA synthesis and distribution of RNAPII over transcription units. In the absence of Spt5, RNAPII localization changes d  ...[more]

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