The loading of cohesin onto chromatin requires the heterodimeric complex sister chromatid cohesion (Scc)2 and Scc4 (Scc2/4), which is highly conserved in all species. Here, we describe the purification of the human (h)-Scc2/4 and show that it interacts with h-cohesin and the heterodimeric Smc1-Smc3 complex but not with the Smc1 or Smc3 subunit alone. We demonstrate that both h-Scc2/4 and h-cohesin are loaded onto dsDNA containing the prereplication complex (pre-RC) generated in vitro by Xenopus high-speed soluble extracts. The addition of geminin, which blocks pre-RC formation, prevents the loading of Scc2/4 and cohesin. Xenopus extracts depleted of endogenous Scc2/4 with specific antibodies, although able to form pre-RCs, did not support cohesin loading unless supplemented with purified h-Scc2/4. The results presented here indicate that the Xenopus or h-Scc2/4 complex supports the loading of Xenopus and/or h-cohesin onto pre-RCs formed by Xenopus high-speed extracts. We show that cohesin loaded onto pre-RCs either by h-Scc2/4 and/or the Xenopus complex was dissociated from chromatin by low salt extraction, similar to cohesin loaded onto chromatin in G(1) by HeLa cells in vivo. Replication of cohesin-loaded DNA, both in vitro and in vivo, markedly increased the stability of cohesin associated with DNA. Collectively, these in vitro findings partly recapitulate the in vivo pathway by which sister chromatids are linked together, leading to cohesion.
PubMed ID: 22628566
PMC ID: PMC3386075
Article link: Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A.
Grant support: GM077440 NIGMS NIH HHS
Genes referenced: gmnn mau2 nipbl smc3