Trypanosome prereplication machinery contains a single functional Orc1/Cdc6 protein, which is typical of archaea

Patrícia Diogo De Melo Godoy, Luis Antonio Nogueira-Junior, Lisvane S. Paes, Alberto Cornejo, Rafael Miyazawa Martins, Ariel M. Silber, Sergio Schenkman, M. Carolina Elias

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In unicellular eukaryotes, such as Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and in multicellular organisms, the replication origin is recognized by the heterohexamer origin recognition complex (ORC) containing six proteins, Orel to Orc6, while in members of the domain Archaea, the replication origin is recognized by just one protein, Orc1/Cdc6; the sequence of Orc1/Cdc6 is highly related to those of Orel and Cdc6. Similar to Archaea, trypanosomatid genomes contain only one gene encoding a protein named Orel. Since trypanosome Ore1 is also homologous to Cdc6, in this study we named the Ore1 protein from trypanosomes Orc1/Cdc6. Here we show that the recombinant Orc1/Cdc6 from Trypanosoma cruzi (TbOrcl/Cdc6) and from Trypanosoma brucei (TbOrcl/Cdc6) present ATPase activity, typical of prereplication machinery components. Also, TcOrc1/Cdc6 and TbOrc1/Cdc6 replaced yeast Cdc6 but not Orel in a phenotypic complementation assay. The induction of Orc1/Cdc6 silencing by RNA interference in T. brucei resulted in enucleated cells, strongly suggesting the involvement of Orc1/Cdc6 in DNA replication. Orc1/Cdc6 is expressed during the entire cell cycle in the nuclei of trypanosomes, remaining associated with chromatin in all stages of the cell cycle. These results allowed us to conclude that Orcl/Cdc6 is indeed a member of the trypanosome prereplication machinery and point out that trypanosomes carry a prereplication machinery that is less complex than other eukaryotes and closer to archaea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1592-1603
Number of pages12
JournalEukaryotic Cell
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology


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