The Role of Transcription Factors
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Transcription factors are proteins that direct gene expression and regulate the expression of genetic information. They are essential for the development of an organism, the maintenance of normal cellular functions, and the body’s response to disease. Transcription factors are multi-subunit protein complexes that bind to specific promoter regions of DNA. They may also bind to specific RNA polymerase molecules. The role of transcription factors in the regulation of gene expression depends on the type and function of the gene.
RNAPIII is a specialized transcription factor for short abundant nonprotein-coding RNA transcripts. RNAPIII transcribes all tRNAs, 5S rRNA, U6 small nuclear RNA, snR52 small nucleolar RNA, and signal recognition particle RNA components. RNAPIII is involved in the initiation of DNA replication, cell cycle progression, and cellular senescence.
The role of RNA polymerase in regulating gene expression depends on its activating or basal state. Activating transcription factors help RNA polymerase bind to the promoter. They are similar in function, but have different functions. Some are essential, while others play a minor role. In addition, basal transcription factors aren’t required. But they are necessary to produce proteins with certain characteristics.
RNA polymerase is a multiprotein complex that spans 80 nt around the transcription start site. This complex is made up of six different species, called transcription factors. The TATA box-binding protein is 36 kDa. It contains 180 amino acids and has 75% sequence identity across a variety of species. It has direct contacts with RNA Pol. These proteins play a major role in transcription initiation and have many roles in the cellular senescence process.
These transcription factors are important in human disease. Activating transcription factors control gene activity, determining whether a gene’s DNA is transcribed into RNA. They are also important in regulating gene expression in cells, coordinating cell division, growth, migration, and cell death. In embryonic development, they coordinate a body plan by turning on specific genes. For instance, in the case of the hormone pheromone, RNA polymerase is an essential gene activator.
Transcription is a multistep process that includes RNA polymerase II. Transcription begins at the promoter of protein-coding genes. During the initial phase, the transcription preinitiation complex (PII) includes various general transcription factors and RNAPII. After the preinitiation complex is formed, RNAPII pauses at the promoter-proximal site before releasing for productive elongation.
While tRNAs were previously considered passive factors whose sole function was to carry amino acids to ribosomes, studies have revealed that the expression of RNAPIII is differentially regulated. This indicates that tRNA synthesis is regulated at multiple steps, and the abundance of different species is modulated by various factors. Additionally, the basal subset of tRNA genes exhibits limited response to environmental factors and a major cellular repressor.
RNA polymerase III
RNA polymerase III (RNAPIII) plays an important role in the regulation of gene expression, and it has specific roles in the production of transfer RNAs and small noncoding RNAs. These RNAs carry essential functions related to protein synthesis and ribosomes, and their robust regulation is mediated by a range of downstream signaling pathways. The functions of abundant RNAs and tRNAs are critical for cell growth and division.
RNAPIII specializes in the transcription of short abundant nonprotein-coding RNA transcripts, and transcription begins with the recruitment of a multisubunit transcription factor, TFIIIC. The TFIIIC complex recognizes the B-block-binding subunit of RNAPIII, which cleaves tRNA transcripts into U-rich and TATA boxes. Both TFIIIA and TFIIIB have important functions in transcription initiation, but their roles in posttranscriptional surveillance activities are not well understood.
Previous studies have demonstrated that RNAPIII regulates the production of small stable RNAs and plays key roles in protein synthesis. In addition, recent analyses revealed that the levels of RNAPIII transcripts are regulated at multiple steps in the synthesis process. These analyses suggest that these regulatory mechanisms may play a role in regulating tRNA synthesis in cancer cells. Furthermore, the expression of mature tRNAs is deregulated in some cancer cells.
Moreover, RNAPIII is involved in DNA synthesis. It also synthesizes small RNAs, including ribosomal 5S rRNA and tRNA. In contrast to Pol II, RNAPIII does not need an upstream TATA box for proper function. Rather, Pol III relies on internal control sequences in the DNA template. In the case of snRNA, the U6 snRNA gene has an upstream TATA box, while TFIIIA binds to a 5S rRNA control sequence.
Several studies have reported that RNA polymerase III can regulate gene expression in cells without cell division. This has led to the identification of a role for RNA polymerase III in the regulation of cell growth without cell division. Several other transcription factors were also found to play a role in regulating transcription. These findings support the existence of two types of transcription factors, the first of which is t138.
A short A tract on a template DNA strand is the best characterized transcription termination signal for RNAPIII. For yeast and human, A4 and A5 residues are reported to be the minimum lengths required for transcription termination. Recent analyses suggest that A7 and A8 are necessary for efficient in vivo termination. These studies also suggest that weak base-pairing interactions are the principal destabilizing signal during termination. Finally, oligo(dT) promotes polymerase pausing and formation of the pretermination complex.
The TBP is one of the most important proteins in transcription, and the sequences of these proteins were published in 1989. Several eukaryotes and archaebacteria share homologs. While the TBP is not required for Pol III transcription, it is essential for DNA binding. It is not clear how Bdp1 induces the displacement of the tB module during transcription.
Rho-dependent transcription termination
Several studies suggest that Rho-dependent transcription termination is essential for the cell’s survival, and one of these has been linked to a specific protein called NusG. It was first identified as part of the antitermination system L, but now appears to influence Rho-dependent transcription termination. Overexpression of NusG overcomes the nusD class of rho mutants, and depletion of NusG decreases Rho-dependent transcription termination. The findings suggest a physical contact between Rho and NusG.
The ring-shaped hexameric protein Rho plays a pivotal role in this process. It is a transcription terminator that binds mRNA with ribosome-free residues. During this process, RNA polymerase pauses at specific points along the mRNA’s terminator. RNA polymerase does not pause at every pause site; the hexamer must slide the message into the central hole to complete the process.
The mechanism of termination has many unknowns. The fundamentals of this process are still being uncovered, but it has been shown that Rho helicase has the ability to translocate along RNA. Once an RNA molecule binds to the secondary Rho binding site, it forms an ATPase-competent complex with Rho. This complex has the ability to unwind the RNA-DNA duplex in a 5′-to-3′ direction, which releases a nascent transcript.
The complex mechanism of Rho-dependent termination involves a number of components, including an ATPase, helicase, and RNA binding protein. These proteins work together to regulate the activity of terminators and elongation complexes and thus determine the termination state of a gene. When they interact, they coordinate with a helicase to initiate transcription. There are several pathways that Rho regulates, including the initiation of cDNA replication and DNA synthesis.
The most important rate-limiting step in Rho-dependent termination is the removal of stalled ECs from DNA lesions. NER enzymes present damaged sites to ECs, and if this step is too slow, it may result in a collision between replication and transcription. It also affects the genome’s integrity. Furthermore, Rho-dependent termination recycles RNAPs from ECs.
The Rho protein belongs to the RecA-like NTPase superfamily and consists of an ATP binding domain. The core RNA binding domain extends from residue 22 to 116 of the Rho protein. The P-loop, which spans from 179 to 183, is involved in ATP binding and has a strong homology to RecA family of ATPases. The R-loop is the secondary RNA binding site.
Mutants of Rho and Mfd are also sensitive to DNA damage. While this is an unrelated pathway, it is likely to affect how the NER pathway is utilized. For example, mutant strains of Mfd have poor RNAP recycling, and these mutations lead to lower cell survival. This may be one of the reasons for the increased sensitivity of mutant strains to DNA-damaging agents. These agents form covalent adducts that block RNAP-recycling and hence transcription EC progression.