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Promoter proximal pausing

Jonathan Hetzel, Sascha H Duttke, Christopher Benner, Joanne Chory
Transcriptional regulation of gene expression is a major mechanism used by plants to confer phenotypic plasticity, and yet compared with other eukaryotes or bacteria, little is known about the design principles. We generated an extensive catalog of nascent and steady-state transcripts in Arabidopsis thaliana seedlings using global nuclear run-on sequencing (GRO-seq), 5'GRO-seq, and RNA-seq and reanalyzed published maize data to capture characteristics of plant transcription. De novo annotation of nascent transcripts accurately mapped start sites and unstable transcripts...
October 11, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Pablo C Sandoval, J'Neka S Claxton, Jae Wook Lee, Fahad Saeed, Jason D Hoffert, Mark A Knepper
Vasopressin-mediated regulation of renal water excretion is defective in a variety of water balance disorders in humans. It occurs in part through long-term mechanisms that regulate the abundance of the aquaporin-2 water channel in renal collecting duct cells. Here, we use deep DNA sequencing in mouse collecting duct cells to ask whether vasopressin signaling selectively increases Aqp2 gene transcription or whether it triggers a broadly targeted transcriptional network. ChIP-Seq quantification of binding sites for RNA polymerase II was combined with RNA-Seq quantification of transcript abundances to identify genes whose transcription is regulated by vasopressin...
October 11, 2016: Scientific Reports
Elizabeth DeLaney, Donal S Luse
Pausing during the earliest stage of transcript elongation by RNA polymerase II (Pol II) is a nearly universal control point in metazoan gene expression. The substoichiometric Pol II subunit Gdown1 facilitates promoter proximal pausing in vitro in extract-based transcription reactions, out-competes the initiation/elongation factor TFIIF for binding to free Pol II and co-localizes with paused Pol II in vivo. However, we have shown that Gdown1 cannot functionally associate with the Pol II preinitiation complex (PIC), which contains TFIIF...
2016: PloS One
Hiroshi Okuda, Satoshi Takahashi, Akifumi Takaori-Kondo, Akihiko Yokoyama
Gene rearrangement of the mixed lineage leukemia (MLL) gene causes leukemia by inducing the constitutive expression of a gene subset normally expressed only in the immature haematopoietic progenitor cells. MLL gene rearrangements often generate fusion products of MLL and a component of the AF4 family/ENL family/P-TEFb (AEP) complex. MLL-AEP fusion proteins have the potential of constitutively recruiting the P-TEFb elongation complex. Thus, it is hypothesized that relieving the promoter proximal pausing of RNA polymerase II is the rate-limiting step of MLL fusion-dependent transcription...
October 17, 2016: Cell Cycle
Qiwen Yang, Xiuli Liu, Ting Zhou, Jennifer Cook, Kim Nguyen, Xiaoying Bai
The promoter-proximal pausing of RNA polymerase II (Pol II) plays a critical role in regulating metazoan gene transcription. Despite the prevalence of Pol II pausing across the metazoan genomes, little is known about the in vivo effect of Pol II pausing on vertebrate development. We use the emergence of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) in zebrafish embryos as a model to investigate the role of Pol II pausing in vertebrate organogenesis. Disrupting Pol II pausing machinery causes a severe reduction of HSC specification, a defect that can be effectively rescued by inhibiting Pol II elongation...
September 29, 2016: Blood
Yue Zhao, Qi Liu, Pankaj Acharya, Kristy R Stengel, Quanhu Sheng, Xiaofan Zhou, Hojoong Kwak, Melissa A Fischer, James E Bradner, Stephen A Strickland, Sanjay R Mohan, Michael R Savona, Bryan J Venters, Ming-Ming Zhou, John T Lis, Scott W Hiebert
Bromodomain and extra-terminal domain (BET) family inhibitors offer an approach to treating hematological malignancies. We used precision nuclear run-on transcription sequencing (PRO-seq) to create high-resolution maps of active RNA polymerases across the genome in t(8;21) acute myeloid leukemia (AML), as these polymerases are exceptionally sensitive to BET inhibitors. PRO-seq identified over 1,400 genes showing impaired release of promoter-proximal paused RNA polymerases, including the stem cell factor receptor tyrosine kinase KIT that is mutated in t(8;21) AML...
August 16, 2016: Cell Reports
Fabiana M Duarte, Nicholas J Fuda, Dig B Mahat, Leighton J Core, Michael J Guertin, John T Lis
The coordinated regulation of gene expression at the transcriptional level is fundamental to development and homeostasis. Inducible systems are invaluable when studying transcription because the regulatory process can be triggered instantaneously, allowing the tracking of ordered mechanistic events. Here, we use precision run-on sequencing (PRO-seq) to examine the genome-wide heat shock (HS) response in Drosophila and the function of two key transcription factors on the immediate transcription activation or repression of all genes regulated by HS...
August 1, 2016: Genes & Development
Juan B Rodríguez-Molina, Sandra C Tseng, Shane P Simonett, Jack Taunton, Aseem Z Ansari
During transcription initiation, the TFIIH-kinase Kin28/Cdk7 marks RNA polymerase II (Pol II) by phosphorylating the C-terminal domain (CTD) of its largest subunit. Here we describe a structure-guided chemical approach to covalently and specifically inactivate Kin28 kinase activity in vivo. This method of irreversible inactivation recapitulates both the lethal phenotype and the key molecular signatures that result from genetically disrupting Kin28 function in vivo. Inactivating Kin28 impacts promoter release to differing degrees and reveals a "checkpoint" during the transition to productive elongation...
August 4, 2016: Molecular Cell
Shih-Ying Tsai, Yuh-Long Chang, Krishna B S Swamy, Ruei-Lin Chiang, Der-Hwa Huang
BACKGROUND: Genome-wide studies in higher eukaryotes have revealed the presence of paused RNA polymerase II (RNA-Pol) at about 30-50 bp downstream of the transcription start site of genes involved in developmental control, cell proliferation and intercellular signaling. Promoter-proximal pausing is believed to represent a critical step in transcriptional regulation. GAGA sequence motifs have frequently been found in the upstream region of paused genes in Drosophila, implicating a prevalent binding factor, GAF, in transcriptional pausing...
2016: Epigenetics & Chromatin
Mario Leutert, Deena M Leslie Pedrioli, Michael O Hottiger
In a recent issue of Science, Gibson et al. (2016) describe an in vitro chemical genetic approach that maps the specific ADP-ribosylation sites targeted by the ADP-ribosyltransferases PARP-1, PARP-2, and PARP-3 and demonstrate that PARP-1 regulates RNA polymerase II promoter-proximal pausing.
July 21, 2016: Molecular Cell
Heeyoun Bunch, Brian P Lawney, Adam Burkholder, Duanduan Ma, Xiaofeng Zheng, Shmulik Motola, David C Fargo, Stuart S Levine, Yaoyu E Wang, Guang Hu
Mammalian genomes encode a large number of non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) that greatly exceed mRNA genes. While the physiological and pathological roles of ncRNAs have been increasingly understood, the mechanisms of regulation of ncRNA expression are less clear. Here, our genomic study has shown that a significant number of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs, >1000 nucleotides) harbor RNA polymerase II (Pol II) engaged with the transcriptional start site. A pausing and transcriptional elongation factor for protein-coding genes, tripartite motif-containing 28 (TRIM28) regulates the transcription of a subset of lncRNAs in mammalian cells...
August 2016: Genomics
Alexandre J C Quaresma, Andrii Bugai, Matjaz Barboric
Release of RNA polymerase II (Pol II) from promoter-proximal pausing has emerged as a critical step regulating gene expression in multicellular organisms. The transition of Pol II into productive elongation requires the kinase activity of positive transcription elongation factor b (P-TEFb), which is itself under a stringent control by the inhibitory 7SK small nuclear ribonucleoprotein (7SK snRNP) complex. Here, we provide an overview on stimulating Pol II pause release by P-TEFb and on sequestering P-TEFb into 7SK snRNP...
September 19, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Kiwon Lee, Gerd A Blobel
RNA polymerase 2 (pol2) associates with enhancers and promoters, followed by transcription initiation and subsequent pausing. Upon release, pol2 proceeds into productive elongation. A wide spread view of transcription holds that during elongation, pol2 and associated factors clear the promoter proximal region to track along the chromatin fiber until a termination site is encountered. However, several studies are compatible with alternative models. One common feature among these models is that transcription elongation results from movement of the gene along a complex consisting of pol2 and associated factors...
July 3, 2016: Nucleus
Xiaodong Lu, Xinxing Zhu, You Li, Min Liu, Bin Yu, Yu Wang, Muhua Rao, Haiyang Yang, Kai Zhou, Yao Wang, Yanheng Chen, Meihua Chen, Songkuan Zhuang, Lin-Feng Chen, Runzhong Liu, Ruichuan Chen
The association of DSIF and NELF with initiated RNA Polymerase II (Pol II) is the general mechanism for inducing promoter-proximal pausing of Pol II. However, it remains largely unclear how the paused Pol II is released in response to stimulation. Here, we show that the release of the paused Pol II is cooperatively regulated by multiple P-TEFbs which are recruited by bromodomain-containing protein Brd4 and super elongation complex (SEC) via different recruitment mechanisms. Upon stimulation, Brd4 recruits P-TEFb to Spt5/DSIF via a recruitment pathway consisting of Med1, Med23 and Tat-SF1, whereas SEC recruits P-TEFb to NELF-A and NELF-E via Paf1c and Med26, respectively...
August 19, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Seychelle M Vos, David Pöllmann, Livia Caizzi, Katharina B Hofmann, Pascaline Rombaut, Tomasz Zimniak, Franz Herzog, Patrick Cramer
Transcription regulation in metazoans often involves promoter-proximal pausing of RNA polymerase (Pol) II, which requires the 4-subunit negative elongation factor (NELF). Here we discern the functional architecture of human NELF through X-ray crystallography, protein crosslinking, biochemical assays, and RNA crosslinking in cells. We identify a NELF core subcomplex formed by conserved regions in subunits NELF-A and NELF-C, and resolve its crystal structure. The NELF-AC subcomplex binds single-stranded nucleic acids in vitro, and NELF-C associates with RNA in vivo...
2016: ELife
Daniel S Day, Bing Zhang, Sean M Stevens, Francesco Ferrari, Erica N Larschan, Peter J Park, William T Pu
BACKGROUND: For many genes, RNA polymerase II stably pauses before transitioning to productive elongation. Although polymerase II pausing has been shown to be a mechanism for regulating transcriptional activation, the extent to which it is involved in control of mammalian gene expression and its relationship to chromatin structure remain poorly understood. RESULTS: Here, we analyze 85 RNA polymerase II chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP)-sequencing experiments from 35 different murine and human samples, as well as related genome-wide datasets, to gain new insights into the relationship between polymerase II pausing and gene regulation...
2016: Genome Biology
Bryan A Gibson, Yajie Zhang, Hong Jiang, Kristine M Hussey, Jonathan H Shrimp, Hening Lin, Frank Schwede, Yonghao Yu, W Lee Kraus
Poly[adenosine diphosphate (ADP)-ribose] polymerases (PARPs) are a family of enzymes that modulate diverse biological processes through covalent transfer of ADP-ribose from the oxidized form of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD(+)) onto substrate proteins. Here we report a robust NAD(+) analog-sensitive approach for PARPs, which allows PARP-specific ADP-ribosylation of substrates that is suitable for subsequent copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition reactions. Using this approach, we mapped hundreds of sites of ADP-ribosylation for PARPs 1, 2, and 3 across the proteome, as well as thousands of PARP-1-mediated ADP-ribosylation sites across the genome...
July 1, 2016: Science
Mohamed Abdel-Mohsen, Leonard Chavez, Ravi Tandon, Glen M Chew, Xutao Deng, Ali Danesh, Sheila Keating, Marion Lanteri, Michael L Samuels, Rebecca Hoh, Jonah B Sacha, Philip J Norris, Toshiro Niki, Cecilia M Shikuma, Mitsuomi Hirashima, Steven G Deeks, Lishomwa C Ndhlovu, Satish K Pillai
Identifying host immune determinants governing HIV transcription, latency and infectivity in vivo is critical to developing an HIV cure. Based on our recent finding that the host factor p21 regulates HIV transcription during antiretroviral therapy (ART), and published data demonstrating that the human carbohydrate-binding immunomodulatory protein galectin-9 regulates p21, we hypothesized that galectin-9 modulates HIV transcription. We report that the administration of a recombinant, stable form of galectin-9 (rGal-9) potently reverses HIV latency in vitro in the J-Lat HIV latency model...
June 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Gregory T Booth, Isabel X Wang, Vivian G Cheung, John T Lis
Complex regulation of gene expression in mammals has evolved from simpler eukaryotic systems, yet the mechanistic features of this evolution remain elusive. Here, we compared the transcriptional landscapes of the distantly related budding and fission yeast. We adapted the Precision Run-On sequencing (PRO-seq) approach to map the positions of RNA polymerase active sites genome-wide in Schizosaccharomyces pombe and Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Additionally, we mapped preferred sites of transcription initiation in each organism using PRO-cap...
June 2016: Genome Research
Christine Robinson, Matthew Lowe, Amanda Schwartz, Nobuaki Kikyo
RNA polymerase II (Pol II) temporarily stops transcription after synthesizing 30-50 bases, and resumes elongation only after stimulations by various signaling molecules and developmental cues. This phenomenon, called promoter-proximal pausing, is observed in 10-50% of the entire genes from Drosophila embryos to human cells. Release of paused Pol II is primarily mediated by the activated form of positive transcription elongation factor b (P-TEFb) initially sequestered in the inhibitory 7SK small nuclear ribonucleoprotein (7SK snRNP) complex...
March 2016: Journal of Stem Cell Research & Therapy
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