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Isolation and characterization of two human transcription factor IIH (TFIIH)-related complexes: ERCC2/CAK and TFIIH.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8692841

Transcription factor IIH (TFIIH) is a multisubunit protein complex essential for both the initiation of RNA polymerase class II (pol II)-catalyzed transcription and nucleotide excision repair of DNA. Recent studies have shown that TFIIH copurifies with the cyclin-dependent kinase (cdk)-activating kinase complex (CAK) that includes cdk7, cyclin H, and p36/MAT1. Here we report the isolation of two TFIIH-related complexes: TFIIH* and ERCC2/CAK. TFIIH* consists of a subset of the TFIIH complex proteins including ERCC3 (XPB), p62, p44, p41, and p34 but is devoid of detectable levels of ERCC2 (XPD) and CAK. ERCC2/CAK was isolated as a complex that exhibits CAK activity that cosediments with the three CAK components (cdk7, cyclin H, and p36/MAT1) as well as the ERCC2 (XPD) protein. TFIIH* can support pol II-catalyzed transcription in vitro with lower efficiency compared with TFIIH. This TFIIH*-dependent transcription reaction was stimulated by ERCC2/CAK. The ERCC2/CAK and TFIIH* complexes are each active in DNA repair as shown by their ability to complement extracts prepared from ERCC2 (XPD)- and ERCC3 (XPB)-deficient cells, respectively, in supporting the excision of DNA containing a cholesterol lesion. These data suggest that TFIIH* and ERCC2/CAK interact to form the TFIIH holoenzyme capable of efficiently assembling the pol II transcription initiation complex and directly participating in excision repair reactions.

Pubmed ID: 8692841 RIS Download

Mesh terms: Animals | CHO Cells | Chromatography, Ion Exchange | Cricetinae | Cyclin-Dependent Kinases | DNA Helicases | DNA Repair | DNA-Binding Proteins | Humans | Proteins | RNA Polymerase II | Transcription Factor TFIIH | Transcription Factors | Transcription Factors, TFII | Transcription, Genetic | Xeroderma Pigmentosum Group D Protein

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Associated grants

  • Agency: NIGMS NIH HHS, Id: GM32833
  • Agency: NIGMS NIH HHS, Id: GM38559

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