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Mol Cell. 2002 Jun;9(6):1297-305.

Cti6, a PHD domain protein, bridges the Cyc8-Tup1 corepressor and the SAGA coactivator to overcome repression at GAL1.

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Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Foundation of Research and Technology, Biology Department, University of Crete, P.O. Box 1527, Vassilika Vouton, 711 10 Heraklion, Crete, Greece


The yeast Cyc8 and Tup1 proteins form a corepressor complex that, when tethered to DNA, turns off transcription. Release of the Cyc8-Tup1 corepressor from a promoter has been considered as a prerequisite for subsequent transcriptional activation. Contrasting this, we demonstrate that Cyc8-Tup1 is continuously associated with target promoters under both repressive and inducing conditions. At the GAL1 promoter, Cyc8-Tup1 facilitates recruitment of SAGA (Spt-Ada-Gcn5-acetyltranferase) via Cti6, a PHD domain protein that physically links the Cyc8-Tup1 and SAGA complexes. Lack of functional corepressor renders GAL1 transcription largely independent of specific SAGA subunits. Thus, corepressor's release is not the mechanism of derepression; instead, it is the coactivator complex that alleviates Cyc8-Tup1-mediated repression under induction conditions.

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