Complex formation of yeast Rev1 and Rev7 proteins: a novel role for the polymerase-associated domain.

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The Rev1 protein of Saccharomyces cerevisiae functions in translesion synthesis (TLS) together with DNA polymerase (Pol) zeta, which is comprised of the Rev3 catalytic and the Rev7 accessory subunits. Rev1, a member of the Y family of Pols, differs from other members in its high degree of specificity for incorporating a C opposite template G as well as opposite an abasic site. Although Rev1 is indispensable for Polzeta-dependent TLS, its DNA synthetic activity is not required for many of the Polzeta-dependent lesion bypass events. This observation has suggested a structural role for Rev1 in this process. Here we show that in yeast, Rev1 forms a stable complex with Rev7, and the two proteins copurify. Importantly, the polymerase-associated domain (PAD) of Rev1 mediates its binding to Rev7. These observations reveal a novel role for the PAD region of Rev1 in protein-protein interactions, and they raise the possibility of a similar involvement of the PAD of other Y family Pols in protein-protein interactions. We discuss the possible roles of Rev1 versus the Rev1-Rev7 complex in TLS.

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