Scior, Annika

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Not4-dependent translational repression is important for cellular protein homeostasis in yeast

2015, Preissler, Steffen, Reuther, Julia, Koch, Miriam, Scior, Annika, Bruderek, Michael, Frickey, Tancred, Deuerling, Elke

Translation of aberrant or problematic mRNAs can cause ribosome stalling which leads to the production of truncated or defective proteins. Therefore, cells evolved cotranslational quality control mechanisms that eliminate these transcripts and target arrested nascent polypeptides for proteasomal degradation. Here we show that Not4, which is part of the multifunctional Ccr4-Not complex in yeast, associates with polysomes and contributes to the negative regulation of protein synthesis. Not4 is involved in translational repression of transcripts that cause transient ribosome stalling. The absence of Not4 affected global translational repression upon nutrient withdrawal, enhanced the expression of arrested nascent polypeptides and caused constitutive protein folding stress and aggregation. Similar defects were observed in cells with impaired mRNA decapping protein function and in cells lacking the mRNA decapping activator and translational repressor Dhh1. The results suggest a role for Not4 together with components of the decapping machinery in the regulation of protein expression on the mRNA level and emphasize the importance of translational repression for the maintenance of proteome integrity.


Directed PCR-free engineering of highly repetitive DNA sequences

2011, Scior, Annika, Preissler, Steffen, Koch, Miriam, Deuerling, Elke

Background: Highly repetitive nucleotide sequences are commonly found in nature e.g. in telomeres, microsatellite DNA, polyadenine (poly(A)) tails of eukaryotic messenger RNA as well as in several inherited human disorders linked to trinucleotide repeat expansions in the genome. Therefore, studying repetitive sequences is of biological, biotechnological and medical relevance. However, cloning of such repetitive DNA sequences is challenging because specific PCR-based amplification is hampered by the lack of unique primer binding sites resulting in unspecific products.
Results: For the PCR-free generation of repetitive DNA sequences we used antiparallel oligonucleotides flanked by
restriction sites of Type IIS endonucleases. The arrangement of recognition sites allowed for stepwise and seamless elongation of repetitive sequences. This facilitated the assembly of repetitive DNA segments and open reading frames encoding polypeptides with periodic amino acid sequences of any desired length. By this strategy we
cloned a series of polyglutamine encoding sequences as well as highly repetitive polyadenine tracts. Such repetitive sequences can be used for diverse biotechnological applications. As an example, the polyglutamine sequences were expressed as His6-SUMO fusion proteins in Escherichia coli cells to study their aggregation behavior in vitro. The His6-SUMO moiety enabled affinity purification of the polyglutamine proteins, increased their solubility, and allowed controlled induction of the aggregation process. We successfully purified the fusions proteins and provide an example for their applicability in filter retardation assays.
Conclusion: Our seamless cloning strategy is PCR-free and allows the directed and efficient generation of highly
repetitive DNA sequences of defined lengths by simple standard cloning procedures.


A dual function for chaperones SSB–RAC and the NAC nascent polypeptide–associated complex on ribosomes

2010-04-05, Koplin, Ansgar, Preissler, Steffen, Ilina, Yulia, Koch, Miriam, Scior, Annika, Erhardt, Marc, Deuerling, Elke

The yeast Hsp70/40 system SSB–RAC (stress 70 B–ribosome-associated complex) binds to ribosomes and contacts nascent polypeptides to assist cotranslational folding. In this study, we demonstrate that nascent polypeptide–associated complex (NAC), another ribosome-tethered system, is functionally connected to SSB–RAC and the cytosolic Hsp70 network. Simultaneous deletions of genes encoding NAC and SSB caused conditional loss of cell viability under protein-folding stress conditions. Furthermore, NAC mutations revealed genetic interaction with a deletion of Sse1, a nucleotide exchange factor regulating the cytosolic Hsp70 network. Cells lacking SSB or Sse1 showed protein aggregation, which is enhanced by additional loss of NAC; however, these mutants differ in their potential client repertoire. Aggregation of ribosomal proteins and biogenesis factors accompanied by a pronounced deficiency in ribosomal particles and translating ribosomes only occurs in ssbΔ and nacΔssbΔ cells, suggesting that SSB and NAC control ribosome biogenesis. Thus, SSB–RAC and NAC assist protein folding and likewise have important functions for regulation of ribosome levels. These findings emphasize the concept that ribosome production is coordinated with the protein-folding capacity of ribosome-associated chaperones.