Synergistic interaction between yeast nucleotide excision repair factors NEF2 and NEF4 in the binding of ultraviolet-damaged DNA

Sami N. Guzder, Patrick Sung, Louise Prakash, Satya Prakash

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Saccharomyces cerevisiae RAD4, RAD7, RAD16, and RAD23 genes function in the nucleotide excision repair (NER) of ultraviolet light (UV)-damaged DNA. Previous biochemical studies have shown that the Rad4 and Rad23 proteins are associated in a stoichiometric complex named NEF2, and the Rad7 and Rad16 proteins form another stoichiometric complex named NEF4. While NEF2 is indispensable for the incision of UV-damaged DNA in the in vitro reconstituted system, NEF4 stimulates the incision reaction. Both NEF2 and NEF4 bind UV-damaged DNA, which raises the intriguing possibility that these two complexes cooperate to achieve the high degree of specificity for DNA damage demarcation required for nucleotide excision repair in vivo. Consistent with this hypothesis, we find that NEF2 and NEF4 bind in a synergistic fashion to UV-damaged DNA in a reaction that is dependent on ATP. We also purify the Rad7 protein and show that it binds DNA but has no preference for UV-damaged DNA. Rad7 physically interacts with NEF2, suggesting a role for Rad7 in linking NEF2 with NEF4.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24257-24262
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number34
StatePublished - Aug 20 1999


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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