Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Cell Biology | Genomics
Loading of the MCM replicative helicase onto origins of replication is a highly regulated process that precedes DNA replication in all eukaryotes. The number of MCM loaded on origins has been proposed to be a key determinant of when those origins initiate replication during S phase. Nevertheless, the genome-wide characteristics of MCM loading and their direct effect on replication timing remain unclear. In order to probe MCM loading dynamics and its effect on replication timing, we perturbed MCM levels in budding yeast cells and, for the first time, directly measured MCM levels and replication timing in the same experiment. Reduction of MCM levels through degradation of Mcm4, one of the six obligate components of the MCM complex, slowed progression through S phase and increased sensitivity to replication stress. Reduction of MCM levels also led to differential loading at origins during G1, revealing origins that are sensitive to reductions in MCM and others that are not. Sensitive origins loaded less MCM under normal conditions and correlated with a weak ability to recruit the origin recognition complex (ORC). Moreover, reduction of MCM loading at specific origins of replication led to a delay in their initiation during S phase. In contrast, overexpression of MCM had no effects on cell cycle progression, relative MCM levels at origins, or replication timing, suggesting that, under optimal growth conditions, cellular MCM levels not limiting for MCM loading. Our results support a model in which the loading activity of origins, controlled by their ability to recruit ORC and compete for MCM, determines the number of helicases loaded, which in turn affects replication timing.
Cell Biology, helicases, MCM replicative helicase, yeast, replication timing
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bioRxiv 2020.09.20.305276; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.09.20.305276. Link to preprint on bioRxiv.
Dukaj L, Rhind NR. (2020). Competition for MCM Loading at Origins Establishes Replication Timing Patterns [preprint]. University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications. https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.09.20.305276. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/faculty_pubs/1817
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