Mediator, not holoenzyme, is directly recruited to the heat shock promoter by HSF upon heat shock

Jin Mo Park, Janis Werner, Jung Mo Kim, John T. Lis, Young Joon Kim

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Activators of RNA polymerase II (Pol II) transcription have been shown to bind several coactivators and basal factors in vitro. Whether such interactions play a primary regulatory role in recruiting these factors to activator-associated chromosomal target sites in living cells remains unclear. Here, we show that upon heat shock the Pol II-free form of Mediator is rapidly recruited to HSF binding sites. Unlike the TAFs and Pol II, the interaction between Mediator and HSF on chromosomal loci is direct and mechanistically separable from the preinitiation complex assembly step. Therefore, the activator-Mediator interaction likely underlies the initiation of signal transfer from enhancer-bound activators to the basal transcription machinery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-19
Number of pages11
JournalMolecular Cell
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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Funding Information:
We thank Carl Wu, Michael Koelle, Shin-ichi Yanagawa, and Deborah Johnson for plasmids; Bob Tjian and Erik Andrulis for generously providing the anti-TAF250 and anti-CTD antibodies; and Tomohisa Kato for helpful advice. This work was supported by the Creative Research Initiatives Program from the Korean Ministry of Science and Technology to Y.-J.K. and by NIH grant GM25232 to J.T.L.

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  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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