Analysis of polymerase II elongation complexes by native gel electrophoresis: Evidence for a novel carboxyl-terminal domain-mediated termination mechanism

Zhiqiang Zhang, Chwen Huey Wu, David S. Gilmour

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Genetic and proteomic approaches have identified numerous proteins that are potentially involved in regulating transcriptional elongation, but the mechanisms of action of these proteins remain largely unknown. We describe an experimental approach using native gel electrophoresis for studying interactions of elongation factors with isolated Pol II elongation complexes. The gel distinguishes Pol IIA and Pol IIB containing complexes. The interaction of DSIF (Spt4/Spt5) with the elongation complexes can be readily detected, and this association is not dependent on the carboxyl-terminal domain of the largest subunit of Pol II. We also report the surprising observation that a monoclonal antibody that binds the carboxyl-terminal domain of Pol II triggers the dissociation of the elongation complex. The action of the antibody could be mimicking the action of cellular factors involved in transcription termination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23223-23228
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - May 28 2004


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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