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Multi-step coordination of telomerase recruitment in fission yeast through two coupled telomere-telomerase interfaces

  1. Xichan Hu
  2. Jinqiang Liu
  3. Hyun-IK Jun
  4. Jin-Kwang Kim
  5. Feng Qiao  Is a corresponding author
  1. University of California, Irvine, United States
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Cite this article as: eLife 2016;5:e15470 doi: 10.7554/eLife.15470

Abstract

Tightly controlled recruitment of telomerase, a low-abundance enzyme, to telomeres is essential for regulated telomere synthesis. Recent studies in human cells revealed that a patch of amino acids in the shelterin component TPP1, called the TEL-patch, is essential for recruiting telomerase to telomeres. However, how TEL-patch-telomerase interaction integrates into the overall orchestration of telomerase regulation at telomeres is unclear. In fission yeast, Tel1ATM/Rad3ATR-mediated phosphorylation of shelterin component Ccq1 during late S phase is involved in telomerase recruitment through promoting the binding of Ccq1 to a telomerase accessory protein Est1. Here, we identify the TEL-patch in Tpz1TPP1, mutations of which lead to decreased telomeric association of telomerase, similar to the phosphorylation-defective Ccq1. Furthermore, we find that telomerase action at telomeres requires formation and resolution of an intermediate state, in which the cell cycle-dependent Ccq1-Est1 interaction is coupled to the TEL-patch-Trt1 interaction, to achieve temporally regulated telomerase elongation of telomeres.

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  1. Xichan Hu

    Department of Biological Chemistry, School of Medicine, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, United States
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  2. Jinqiang Liu

    Department of Biological Chemistry, School of Medicine, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, United States
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  3. Hyun-IK Jun

    Department of Biological Chemistry, School of Medicine, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, United States
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  4. Jin-Kwang Kim

    Department of Biological Chemistry, School of Medicine, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, United States
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    The authors declare that no competing interests exist.
  5. Feng Qiao

    Department of Biological Chemistry, School of Medicine, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, United States
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    qiao@uci.edu
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    The authors declare that no competing interests exist.

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  1. Kathleen Collins, University of California, Berkeley, United States

Publication history

  1. Received: February 23, 2016
  2. Accepted: June 1, 2016
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: June 2, 2016 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: July 7, 2016 (version 2)

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© 2016, Hu et al.

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