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Ctf4 organizes sister replisomes and Pol α into a replication factory

  1. Zuanning Yuan
  2. Roxana Georgescu
  3. Ruda de Luna Almeida Santos
  4. Daniel Zhang
  5. Lin Bai
  6. Nina Y Yao
  7. Gongpu Zhao
  8. Michael E O'Donnell  Is a corresponding author
  9. Huilin Li  Is a corresponding author
  1. Van Andel Institute, United States
  2. Howard Hughes Medical Institute, The Rockefeller University, United States
  3. The Rockefeller University, United States
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Cite this article as: eLife 2019;8:e47405 doi: 10.7554/eLife.47405

Abstract

The current view is that eukaryotic replisomes are independent. Here we show that Ctf4 tightly dimerizes CMG helicase, with an extensive interface involving Psf2, Cdc45, and Sld5. Interestingly, Ctf4 binds only one Pol α-primase. Thus, Ctf4 may have evolved as a trimer to organize two helicases and one Pol α-primase into a replication factory. In the 2CMG-Ctf43-1Pol α-primase factory model, the two CMGs nearly face each other, placing the two lagging strands toward the center and two leading strands out the sides. The single Pol α-primase is centrally located and may prime both sister replisomes. The Ctf4-coupled-sister replisome model is consistent with cellular microscopy studies revealing two sister forks of an origin remain attached and are pushed forward from a protein platform. The replication factory model may facilitate parental nucleosome transfer during replication.

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  1. Zuanning Yuan

    Structural Biology Program, Van Andel Institute, Grand Rapids, United States
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  2. Roxana Georgescu

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute, The Rockefeller University, New York, United States
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  3. Ruda de Luna Almeida Santos

    Structural Biology Program, Van Andel Institute, Grand Rapids, United States
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  4. Daniel Zhang

    DNA Replication Laboratory, The Rockefeller University, New York, United States
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  5. Lin Bai

    Structural Biology Program, Van Andel Institute, Grand Rapids, United States
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  6. Nina Y Yao

    DNA Replication Laboratory, The Rockefeller University, New York, United States
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  7. Gongpu Zhao

    David Van Andel Advanced Cryo-EM Suite, Van Andel Institute, Grand Rapids, United States
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  8. Michael E O'Donnell

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute, The Rockefeller University, New York, United States
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    odonnel@rockefeller.edu
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  9. Huilin Li

    Structural Biology Program, Van Andel Institute, Grand Rapids, United States
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    Huilin.Li@vai.org
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National Institutes of Health (GM115809)

  • Michael E O'Donnell

National Institutes of Health (GM131754)

  • Huilin Li

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

  • Michael E O'Donnell

The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.

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  1. James M Berger, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, United States

Publication history

  1. Received: April 4, 2019
  2. Accepted: October 4, 2019
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: October 7, 2019 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: October 18, 2019 (version 2)

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© 2019, Yuan et al.

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