|Participation of yeast inosine 5'-monophosphate dehydrogenase in an in vitro complex with a fragment of the C-rich telomeric strand .|
Cornuel JF, Moraillon A, Gueron M
Category: telomere ¤ Added: Jul 20, 2002 ¤ Rating: ◊
As part of our investigation of the i-motif, an intercalated structure formed by C-rich nucleic acid sequences, we searched for proteins of Saccharomyces cerevisiae which could associate with a sequence of the C-rich telomeric strand, d((CCCACA)(3)CCC). A gel retardation assay of yeast protein extract, in conditions where the DNA fragment folds into an intramolecular i-motif, shows formation of one major retarded band. The retarding factor was further characterized by a differential affinity procedure using streptavidin beads coated (or not coated) with the biotin-labeled DNA fragment. Differentially bound proteins were isolated by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, and identified by mass spectroscopy and Edman degradation as Imd2p, Imd3p and Imd4p. These highly similar (>95%) proteins are analogs of the two human NAD-dependent inosine 5'-monophosphate dehydrogenases (IMPDH) which occur as tetramers. The mass of the protein, as determined by gel exclusion chromatography, is about 250 kDa and is compatible with an IMPDH tetramer, but other compositions, involving non-IMPDH components, are not excluded. We note that the genes coding for Imd2p and Imd3p are located close to the telomere, and could therefore be subject to silencing by the telomere position effect.