In the yeast two-hybrid system, the N-terminal region of Rap1p was shown to interact with Gcr1p and Gcr2p. Disruption of gcr1 and/or gcr2 in the two-hybrid reporter strain demonstrated that the interaction with Gcr1p does not require Gcr2p, whereas the interaction with Gcr2p is mediated through Gcr1p. Deletion of the N-terminal region of Rap1p alone did not show a growth phenotype, but a growth defect was observed when this mutation was combined with a gcr2 deletion. The poor growth of the gcr1 null mutant was not affected further by the N-terminal deletion of Rap1p, but the growth of gcr1 strains with mutations in the DNA binding region of Gcr1p was affected by the removal of the N-terminal region of Rap1p. These results suggest that one function of the N-terminal region of Rap1p, presumably the BRCT domain, is to facilitate the binding of Gcr1p to the promoter by a protein–protein interaction. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.