Functional analysis of the subunits of the chromatin assembly factor RSF. Mol. Cell. Biol. 23(19): 6759–6768 (2003)


Loyola A., Huang J. Y., LeRoy G., Hu S., Wang Y-H., Donnelly R. J., Lane W. S., Lee S-C., Reinberg D.


The human ISWI-containing factor RSF (for remodeling and spacing factor) is composed of two subunits: the ATPase hSNF2H and p325 (Rsf-1), a protein encoded by a novel human gene. We previously showed that RSF mediates nucleosome deposition and generates regularly spaced nucleosome arrays. Here we report the characterization of the largest subunit of RSF, Rsf-1. We found that Rsf-1 is a highly acidic protein containing a plant homology domain. The present study includes the cloning of Rsf-1, the preparation of recombinant RSF, and the dissection of the role of each subunit in the chromatin assembly reaction. The sequence of the gene for Rsf-1 includes a recently characterized cDNA, HBXAP; postulated to be involved in the transcriptional regulation of the hepatitis B virus. HBXAP actually contains a 252-amino-acid truncation of the amino terminus of Rsf-1. Finally, comparison of HBXAP and Rsf-1 properties shows that they are functionally different.


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