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Mol Cell. 1998 May;1(6):917-24.

Activator-mediated recruitment of the RNA polymerase II machinery is the predominant mechanism for transcriptional activation in yeast.

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  • 1Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA.

Abstract

Eukaryotic transcriptional activators bind to enhancer elements and stimulate the RNA polymerase II (pol II) machinery via functionally autonomous activation domains. In yeast cells, the normal requirement for an activation domain can be bypassed by artificially connecting an enhancer-bound protein to a component of the pol II machinery. This observation suggests, but does not necessarily indicate, that the physiological role of activation domains is to recruit the pol II apparatus to promoters. Here, we show that transcriptional stimulation does not occur when the activation domain is physically disconnected from the enhancer-bound protein and transferred to components of the pol II machinery. The observation that autonomous activation domains are functional when connected to enhancer-bound proteins but not to components of the pol II machinery strongly argues that recruitment is the predominant mechanism for transcriptional activation in yeast.

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