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J Biol Chem. 2010 Dec 3;285(49):38078-92. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M110.127605. Epub 2010 Oct 5.

Tay1 protein, a novel telomere binding factor from Yarrowia lipolytica.

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Department of Genetics, Comenius University, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Mlynska dolina, 842 15 Bratislava, Slovakia.


Inspection of the complete genome of the yeast Yarrowia lipolytica for the presence of genes encoding homologues of known telomere-binding proteins surprisingly revealed no counterparts of typical yeast Myb domain-containing telomeric factors including Rap1 or Taz1. Instead, we identified a gene, YALIOD10923g, encoding a protein containing two Myb domains, exhibiting a high degree of similarity to the Myb domain of human telomeric proteins TRF1 and TRF2 and homologous to an essential fission yeast protein Mug152 whose expression is elevated during meiosis. The protein, which we named Tay1p (telomere-associated in Yarrowia lipolytica 1), was purified for biochemical studies. Using a model Y. lipolytica telomere, we demonstrate that the protein preferentially binds to Y. lipolytica telomeric tracts. Tay1p binds along the telomeric tract as dimers and larger oligomers, and it is able to remodel the telomeric DNA into both looped structures and synaptic complexes of two model telomere DNAs. The ability of Tay1p to induce dimerization of telomeres in vitro goes in line with its oligomeric nature, where each oligomer can employ several Myb domains to form intermolecular telomere clusters. We also provide experimental evidence that Tay1p may be associated with Y. lipolytica telomeres in vivo. Together with its homologues from Schizosaccharomyces pombe and several basidiomycetous fungi (Sánchez-Alonso, P., and Guzman, P. (2008) Fungal Genet. Biol. 45, S54-S62), Tay1p constitutes a novel family of putative telomeric factors whose analysis may be instrumental in understanding the function and evolution of double-stranded DNA telomeric proteins.

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