A Conserved Mechanism for Regulating Replisome Disassembly in Eukaryotes

Michael Jenkyn-Bedford, Morgan L Jones, Yasemin Baris, Karim P M Labib, Giuseppe Cannone, Joseph T P Yeeles, Tom D Deegan

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Replisome disassembly is the final step of eukaryotic DNA replication, and is triggered by ubiquitylation of the CMG (Cdc45-MCM-GINS) replicative helicase1-3. Despite being driven by evolutionarily diverse E3 ubiquitin ligases in different eukaryotes (SCFDia2 in budding yeast1, CUL2LRR1 in metazoa4-7), replisome disassembly is governed by a common regulatory principle, whereby CMG ubiquitylation is suppressed before replication termination, to prevent replication fork collapse. Recent evidence suggests this suppression is mediated by replication fork DNA8-10. However, how SCFDia2 and CUL2LRR1 discriminate terminated from elongating replisomes, to selectively ubiquitylate CMG only after termination, is unknown. Here, we used electron cryomicroscopy (cryo-EM) to solve high resolution structures of budding yeast and human replisome-E3 ligase assemblies. Our structures show that the leucine-rich repeat (LRR) domains of Dia2 and LRR1 are structurally distinct, but bind to a common site on CMG, including the MCM3 and MCM5 zinc finger domains. The LRR-MCM interaction is essential for replisome disassembly and, crucially, is occluded by the excluded DNA strand at replication forks, establishing the structural basis for the suppression of CMG ubiquitylation before termination. Our results elucidate a conserved mechanism for the regulation of replisome disassembly in eukaryotes, and reveal a previously unanticipated role for DNA in preserving replisome integrity.

Original languageEnglish
Early online date26 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2021


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