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Sister chromatid cohesion (SCC) is essential for the maintenance of genome integrity. The establishment of SCC is coupled to DNA replication, and this is achieved in budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae by a mechanism that is dependent on the interaction between Eco1 acetyltransferase and PCNA in the DNA replication complex. In vertebrates, the Eco1 homolog ESCO2 has been reported to interact with MCM complex in the DNA replication complex to establish DNA replication-dependent cohesion. Here we show that budding yeast Eco1 is also physically interacted with the MCM complex. We found that Eco1 was specifically bound to Mcm2 subunit in the MCM complex and they interacted via their N-terminal regions, using yeast two-hybrid system. The underlying mechanism of the interaction was different between yeast and vertebrates. Intensive molecular dissection of Eco1 identified residues important for interaction with Mcm2 and/or PCNA. Mutant forms of Eco1 (Eco1mWW and Eco1mGRK), where sets of the identified residues were substituted with alanine, resulted in impaired SCC, decreased level of acetylation of Smc3, and a reduction of Eco1 protein amount in yeast cells. We, hence, suggest that Eco1 is stabilized by its interactions with MCM complex and PCNA, which allows it to promote DNA replication-coupled SCC establishment. Copyright © 2021 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Atsunori Yoshimura, Takashi Sutani, Katsuhiko Shirahige. Functional control of Eco1 through the MCM complex in sister chromatid cohesion. Gene. 2021 Jun 05;784:145584

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