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Mol Biol Cell. 2001 Dec;12(12):3744-58.

Structure-function analysis of fission yeast Hus1-Rad1-Rad9 checkpoint complex.

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  • 1Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA.


Hus1, Rad1, and Rad9 are three evolutionarily conserved proteins required for checkpoint control in fission yeast. These proteins are known to form a stable complex in vivo. Recently, computational studies have predicted structural similarity between the individual proteins of Hus1-Rad1-Rad9 complex and the replication processivity factor proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA). This has led to the proposal that the Hus1-Rad1-Rad9 complex may form a PCNA-like ring structure, and could function as a sliding clamp during checkpoint control. In the present study, we have attempted to test the predictions of this model by asking whether the PCNA alignment identifies functionally important residues or explains mutant phenotypes of hus1, rad1, or rad9 alleles. Although some of our results are consistent with the PCNA alignment, others indicate that the Hus1-Rad1-Rad9 complex possesses unique structural and functional features.

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