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Shintaro Yamada, Kazuto Kugou, Da-Qiao Ding, Yurika Fujita, Yasushi Hiraoka, Hiroshi Murakami, Kunihiro Ohta, Takatomi Yamada
Meiotic recombination ensures faithful chromosome segregation and confers genetic diversity to gametes, and thus, is a key DNA-templated reaction not only for sexual reproduction, but also evolution. This recombination is initiated by programmed DNA double strand breaks (DSBs), which are mainly formed at recombination hotspots. As meiotic DSB formation requires multiple proteins, it is regulated by chromatin structure. In particular, DSB occurs in a higher-order chromatin architecture termed "axis-loop", in which many loops protrude from proteinaceous axis...
March 16, 2018: Current Genetics
Celine Tasset, Avilash Singh Yadav, Sridevi Sureshkumar, Rupali Singh, Lennard van der Woude, Maxim Nekrasov, David Tremethick, Martijn van Zanten, Sureshkumar Balasubramanian
Ambient temperature affects plant growth and even minor changes can substantially impact crop yields. The underlying mechanisms of temperature perception and response are just beginning to emerge. Chromatin remodeling, via the eviction of the histone variant H2A.Z containing nucleosomes, is a critical component of thermal response in plants. However, the role of histone modifications remains unknown. Here, through a forward genetic screen, we identify POWERDRESS (PWR), a SANT-domain containing protein known to interact with HISTONE DEACETYLASE 9 (HDA9), as a novel factor required for thermomorphogenesis in Arabidopsis thaliana...
March 16, 2018: PLoS Genetics
Beng Yang, Rongliang Tong, Hua Liu, Jingbang Wu, Diyu Chen, Zhengze Xue, Chaofeng Ding, Lin Zhou, Haiyang Xie, Jian Wu, Shusen Zheng
Intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) is a fatal, malignant tumor of the liver; effective diagnostic biomarkers and therapeutic targets for ICC have not been identified yet. High expression of H2A histone family member Z (H2A.Z) is a high-risk factor for poor prognosis in patients with breast cancer and primary hepatocellular cancer. However, the significance of H2A.Z and its expression in ICC remains unknown. The present study demonstrated that H2A.Z is overexpressed in ICC and expression of H2A.Z correlated with poor prognosis in patients with ICC...
April 2018: International Journal of Oncology
Hyewon Shin, Minzhen He, Zhi Yang, Yong Heui Jeon, Jessica Pfleger, Danish Sayed, Maha Abdellatif
The mechanisms that regulate H2A.Z and its requirement for transcription in differentiated mammalian cells remains ambiguous. In this study, we identified the interaction between the C-terminus of ANP32e and N-terminus of H2A.Z in a yeast two-hybrid screen. Knockdown of ANP32e resulted in proteasomal degradation and nuclear depletion of H2A.Z or of a chimeric green florescence protein fused to its N-terminus. This effect was reversed by inhibition of protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) and, conversely, reproduced by overexpression of its catalytic subunit...
March 7, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Zenab F Mchaourab, Andrea A Perreault, Bryan J Venters
The human K562 chronic myeloid leukemia cell line has long served as an experimental paradigm for functional genomic studies. To systematically and functionally annotate the human genome, the ENCODE consortium generated hundreds of functional genomic data sets, such as chromatin immunoprecipitation coupled to sequencing (ChIP-seq). While ChIP-seq analyses have provided tremendous insights into gene regulation, spatiotemporal insights were limited by a resolution of several hundred base pairs. ChIP-exonuclease (ChIP-exo) is a refined version of ChIP-seq that overcomes this limitation by providing higher precision mapping of protein-DNA interactions...
March 6, 2018: Scientific Data
David Corujo, Marcus Buschbeck
Histone variants are chromatin components that replace replication-coupled histones in a fraction of nucleosomes and confer particular characteristics to chromatin. H2A variants represent the most numerous and diverse group among histone protein families. In the nucleosomal structure, H2A-H2B dimers can be removed and exchanged more easily than the stable H3-H4 core. The unstructured N-terminal histone tails of all histones, but also the C-terminal tails of H2A histones protrude out of the compact structure of the nucleosome core...
February 27, 2018: Cancers
Patrick J Murphy, Shan Fu Wu, Cody R James, Candice L Wike, Bradley R Cairns
The fate and function of epigenetic marks during the germline-to-embryo transition is a key issue in developmental biology, with relevance to stem cell programming and transgenerational inheritance. In zebrafish, DNA methylation patterns are programmed in transcriptionally quiescent cleavage embryos; paternally inherited patterns are maintained, whereas maternal patterns are reprogrammed to match the paternal. Here, we provide the mechanism by demonstrating that "Placeholder" nucleosomes, containing histone H2A variant H2A...
February 9, 2018: Cell
Xin-Ran Li, Joyita Deb, S Vinod Kumar, Lars Østergaard
Plants respond to diurnal and seasonal changes in temperature by reprogramming vital developmental pathways. Understanding the molecular mechanisms that define environmental modulation of plant growth and reproduction is critical in the context of climate change that threatens crop yield worldwide. Here, we report that elevated temperature accelerates fruit dehiscence in members of the Brassicaceae family including the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana and important crop species. Arabidopsis fruit development is controlled by a network of interacting regulatory genes...
February 7, 2018: Molecular Plant
Chih-Chao Hsu, Jiejun Shi, Chao Yuan, Dan Zhao, Shiming Jiang, Jie Lyu, Xiaolu Wang, Haitao Li, Hong Wen, Wei Li, Xiaobing Shi
Histone acetylation is associated with active transcription in eukaryotic cells. It helps to open up the chromatin by neutralizing the positive charge of histone lysine residues and providing binding platforms for "reader" proteins. The bromodomain (BRD) has long been thought to be the sole protein module that recognizes acetylated histones. Recently, we identified the YEATS domain of AF9 (ALL1 fused gene from chromosome 9) as a novel acetyl-lysine-binding module and showed that the ENL (eleven-nineteen leukemia) YEATS domain is an essential acetyl-histone reader in acute myeloid leukemias...
January 1, 2018: Genes & Development
Răzvan V Chereji, Srinivas Ramachandran, Terri D Bryson, Steven Henikoff
We developed a chemical cleavage method that releases single nucleosome dyad-containing fragments, allowing us to precisely map both single nucleosomes and linkers with high accuracy genome-wide in yeast. Our single nucleosome positioning data reveal that nucleosomes occupy preferred positions that differ by integral multiples of the DNA helical repeat. By comparing nucleosome dyad positioning maps to existing genomic and transcriptomic data, we evaluated the contributions of sequence, transcription, and histones H1 and H2A...
February 9, 2018: Genome Biology
Der-Fen Suen, Wolfgang Schmidt
Phenotypic plasticity is dependent on the correct interpretation of environmental cues. We recently showed that the deubiquitinase OTU5 is required for orchestrating internal and external signals, tuning the morphogenesis of epidermal cells to the prevailing conditions. Homozygous otu5 mutants developed long and dense root hairs, resembling phosphate-deficient plants. The phenotype of otu5 plants was similar to that of arp6 plants, which carries a mutation that compromises the deposition of H2A.Z. Homozygous otu5 arp6 double mutants exhibited a synergistic phenotype, suggesting that the two mutations are functionally related...
February 2, 2018: Plant Signaling & Behavior
Gilda Stefanelli, Amber B Azam, Brandon J Walters, Mark A Brimble, Caroline P Gettens, Pascale Bouchard-Cannon, Hai-Ying M Cheng, Andrew M Davidoff, Klotilda Narkaj, Jeremy J Day, Andrew J Kennedy, Iva B Zovkic
Histone variants were recently discovered to regulate neural plasticity, with H2A.Z emerging as a memory suppressor. Using whole-genome sequencing of the mouse hippocampus, we show that basal H2A.Z occupancy is positively associated with steady-state transcription, whereas learning-induced H2A.Z removal is associated with learning-induced gene expression. AAV-mediated H2A.Z depletion enhanced fear memory and resulted in gene-specific alterations of learning-induced transcription, reinforcing the role of H2A...
January 30, 2018: Cell Reports
Mingli Xu, Aaron R Leichty, Tieqiang Hu, R Scott Poethig
Vegetative phase change in Arabidopsis thaliana is mediated by a decrease in the level of MIR156A and MIR156C, resulting in an increase in the expression of their targets, SQUAMOSA PROMOTER BINDING PROTEIN-LIKE (SPL) genes. Changes in chromatin structure are required for the downregulation of MIR156A and MIR156C, but whether chromatin structure contributes to their initial elevated expression is unknown. We found that mutations in components of the SWR1 complex (ARP6, SEF) and in genes encoding H2A.Z (HTA9 and HTA11) reduce the expression of MIR156A and MIR156C, and accelerate vegetative phase change, indicating that H2A...
January 25, 2018: Development
Lihua Zhao, Hanyang Cai, Zhenxia Su, Lulu Wang, Xinyu Huang, Man Zhang, Piaojuan Chen, Xiaozhuan Dai, Heming Zhao, Ravishankar Palanivelu, Xuemei Chen, Yuan Qin
Germ-line specification is essential for sexual reproduction. In the ovules of most flowering plants, only a single hypodermal cell enlarges and differentiates into a megaspore mother cell (MMC), the founder cell of the female germ-line lineage. The molecular mechanisms restricting MMC specification to a single cell remain elusive. We show that the Arabidopsis transcription factor WRKY28 is exclusively expressed in hypodermal somatic cells surrounding the MMC and is required to repress these cells from acquiring MMC-like cell identity...
January 16, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Lisa Muniz, Maharshi Krishna Deb, Marion Aguirrebengoa, Sandra Lazorthes, Didier Trouche, Estelle Nicolas
Antisense RNAs are non-coding RNAs that can regulate their corresponding sense RNAs and are generally produced from specific promoters. We uncover here a family of antisense RNAs, named START RNAs, produced during cellular senescence by transcriptional read-through at convergent protein-coding genes. Importantly, START RNAs repress the expression of their corresponding sense RNAs. In proliferative cells, we found that the Pol II elongation rate is limited downstream of TTS at START loci, allowing transcription termination to occur before Pol II reaches the convergent genes, thus preventing antisense RNA production and interference with the expression of the convergent genes...
November 28, 2017: Cell Reports
Albert J Erives
BACKGROUND: While the genomes of eukaryotes and Archaea both encode the histone-fold domain, only eukaryotes encode the core histone paralogs H2A, H2B, H3, and H4. With DNA, these core histones assemble into the nucleosomal octamer underlying eukaryotic chromatin. Importantly, core histones for H2A and H3 are maintained as neofunctionalized paralogs adapted for general bulk chromatin (canonical H2 and H3) or specialized chromatin (H2A.Z enriched at gene promoters and cenH3s enriched at centromeres)...
November 28, 2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
Brianna J Klein, Salar Ahmad, Kendra R Vann, Forest H Andrews, Zachary A Mayo, Gaelle Bourriquen, Joseph B Bridgers, Jinyong Zhang, Brian D Strahl, Jacques Côté, Tatiana G Kutateladze
Yaf9 is an integral part of the NuA4 acetyltransferase and the SWR1 chromatin remodeling complexes. Here, we show that Yaf9 associates with acetylated histone H3 with high preference for H3K27ac. The crystal structure of the Yaf9 YEATS domain bound to the H3K27ac peptide reveals that the sequence C-terminal to K27ac stabilizes the complex. The side chain of K27ac inserts between two aromatic residues, mutation of which abrogates the interaction in vitro and leads in vivo to phenotypes similar to YAF9 deletion, including loss of SWR1-dependent incorporation of variant histone H2A...
November 14, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
Shintaro Yamada, Kazuto Kugou, Da-Qiao Ding, Yurika Fujita, Yasushi Hiraoka, Hiroshi Murakami, Kunihiro Ohta, Takatomi Yamada
Meiotic recombination is initiated by programmed formation of DNA double strand breaks (DSBs), which are mainly formed at recombination hotspots. Meiotic DSBs require multiple proteins including the conserved protein Spo11 and its cofactors, and are influenced by chromatin structure. For example, local chromatin around hotspots directly impacts DSB formation. Moreover, DSB is proposed to occur in a higher-order chromatin architecture termed 'axis-loop', in which many loops protrude from cohesin-enriched axis...
November 14, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
Buqing Ye, Benyu Liu, Liuliu Yang, Guanling Huang, Lu Hao, Pengyan Xia, Shuo Wang, Ying Du, Xiwen Qin, Pingping Zhu, Jiayi Wu, Nobuo Sakaguchi, Junyan Zhang, Zusen Fan
Lymphoid lineage commitment is an important process in haematopoiesis, which forms the immune system to protect the host from pathogen invasion. However, how multipotent progenitors (MPP) switch into common lymphoid progenitors (CLP) or common myeloid progenitors (CMP) during this process remains elusive. Here we show that PCI domain-containing protein 2 (Pcid2) is highly expressed in MPPs. Pcid2 deletion in the haematopoietic system causes skewed lymphoid lineage specification. In MPPs, Pcid2 interacts with the Zinc finger HIT-type containing 1 (ZNHIT1) to block Snf2-related CREBBP activator protein (SRCAP) activity and prevents the deposition of histone variant H2A...
November 15, 2017: Nature Communications
Thomas A Johnson, Razvan V Chereji, Diana A Stavreva, Stephanie A Morris, Gordon L Hager, David J Clark
Glucocorticoid hormone plays a major role in metabolism and disease. The hormone-bound glucocorticoid receptor (GR) binds to a specific set of enhancers in different cell types, resulting in unique patterns of gene expression. We have addressed the role of chromatin structure in GR binding by mapping nucleosome positions in mouse adenocarcinoma cells. Before hormone treatment, GR-enhancers exist in one of three chromatin states: (i) Nucleosome-depleted enhancers that are DNase I-hypersensitive, associated with the Brg1 chromatin remodeler and flanked by nucleosomes incorporating histone H2A...
November 8, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
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