Drosophila Enhancer of zeste protein interacts with dSAP18

Liangjun Wang, Lei Ding, Clark A. Jones, Richard S. Jones

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The Drosophila Enhancer of zeste [E(z)] gene encodes a member of the Polycomb group of transcriptional repressors. Here we report evidence for direct physical interaction between E(Z) and dSAP18, which previously has been shown to interact with Drosophila GAGA factor and BICOID proteins. dSAP18 shares extensive sequence similarity with a human polypeptide originally identified as a subunit of the SIN3A-HDAC (switch-independent 3-histone deacetylase) co-repressor complex. Yeast two-hybrid and in vitro binding assays demonstrate direct E(Z)-dSAP18 interaction and show that dSAP18 is capable of interacting with itself. Co-immunoprecipitation experiments provide evidence for in vivo association of E(Z) and dSAP18. Gel filtration analysis of embryo nuclear extracts shows that dSAP18 is present in native protein complexes ranging from ∼1100 to ∼450 kDa in molecular mass. These studies provide support for a model in which dSAP18 contributes to the activities of multiple protein complexes, and potentially may mediate interactions between distinct proteins and/or protein complexes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-125
Number of pages7
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Feb 20 2002

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Funding Information:
We thank Judith Benes for excellent technical assistance, Erica Golemis for providing yeast two-hybrid reagents, Russell Finley for providing a yeast two-hybrid library, and Wencheng Zhu and Steve Hanes for helpful discussions and sharing information prior to publication. This work was supported by an NIH grant (GM46567) to R.S.J.


  • Chromatin
  • Polycomb
  • Transcription
  • Trithorax


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