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The Worlds Of Splicing And Chromatin Collide, J. Adam Hall, Philippe T. Georgel May 2019

The Worlds Of Splicing And Chromatin Collide, J. Adam Hall, Philippe T. Georgel

Philippe T. Georgel

Both transcription and splicing take place in a nuclear environment which, at face value, may seem refractory to the efficiency afforded by the coupling of both processes. This environment, chromatin, was once viewed as only a passive packaging system for genetic material, with very little contribution to the variety of nuclear activities occurring within and around it. However, overwhelming evidence now points to the chromatin environment as being highly dynamic, and an active player in nuclear activities.


The Nua4 Acetyltransferase And Histone H4 Acetylation Promote Replication Recovery After Topoisomerase I-Poisoning, Chiaki Noguchi, Tanu Singh, Melissa A. Ziegler, Jasmine D. Peake, Lyne Khair, Ana Aza, Toru M. Nakamura, Eishi Noguchi Apr 2019

The Nua4 Acetyltransferase And Histone H4 Acetylation Promote Replication Recovery After Topoisomerase I-Poisoning, Chiaki Noguchi, Tanu Singh, Melissa A. Ziegler, Jasmine D. Peake, Lyne Khair, Ana Aza, Toru M. Nakamura, Eishi Noguchi

Open Access Articles

BACKGROUND: Histone acetylation plays an important role in DNA replication and repair because replicating chromatin is subject to dynamic changes in its structures. However, its precise mechanism remains elusive. In this report, we describe roles of the NuA4 acetyltransferase and histone H4 acetylation in replication fork protection in the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe.

RESULTS: Downregulation of NuA4 subunits renders cells highly sensitive to camptothecin, a compound that induces replication fork breakage. Defects in NuA4 function or mutations in histone H4 acetylation sites lead to impaired recovery of collapsed replication forks and elevated levels of Rad52 DNA repair foci, indicating the ...


Transient Kinetic Analysis Of Swr1c-Catalyzed H2a.Z Deposition Unravels The Impact Of Nucleosome Dynamics And The Asymmetry Of Histone Exchange, Raushan K. Singh, Jiayi Fan, Nathan Gioacchini, Shinya Watanabe, Osman Bilsel, Craig L. Peterson Apr 2019

Transient Kinetic Analysis Of Swr1c-Catalyzed H2a.Z Deposition Unravels The Impact Of Nucleosome Dynamics And The Asymmetry Of Histone Exchange, Raushan K. Singh, Jiayi Fan, Nathan Gioacchini, Shinya Watanabe, Osman Bilsel, Craig L. Peterson

Open Access Articles

The SWR1C chromatin remodeling enzyme catalyzes ATP-dependent replacement of nucleosomal H2A with the H2A.Z variant, regulating key DNA-mediated processes such as transcription and DNA repair. Here, we investigate the transient kinetic mechanism of the histone exchange reaction, employing ensemble FRET, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS), and the steady-state kinetics of ATP hydrolysis. Our studies indicate that SWR1C modulates nucleosome dynamics on both the millisecond and microsecond timescales, poising the nucleosome for the dimer exchange reaction. The transient kinetic analysis of the remodeling reaction performed under single turnover conditions unraveled a striking asymmetry in the ATP-dependent replacement of nucleosomal dimers, promoted ...


Transfer Rna Genes Affect Chromosome Structure And Function Via Local Effects, Omar Hamdani, Tsung-Han S. Hsieh, Oliver J. Rando, Rohinton T. Kamakaka Apr 2019

Transfer Rna Genes Affect Chromosome Structure And Function Via Local Effects, Omar Hamdani, Tsung-Han S. Hsieh, Oliver J. Rando, Rohinton T. Kamakaka

Open Access Articles

The genome is packaged and organized in an ordered, non-random manner and specific chromatin segments contact nuclear substructures to mediate this organization. Transfer RNA genes (tDNAs) are binding sites for transcription factors and architectural proteins and are thought to play an important role in the organization of the genome. In this study, we investigate the role of tDNAs in genomic organization and chromosome function by editing a chromosome so that it lacks any tDNAs. Surprisingly our analyses of this tDNA-less chromosome show that loss of tDNAs does not grossly affect chromatin architecture or chromosome tethering and mobility. However, loss of ...


Transcription Factor Binding Site Clusters Identify Target Genes With Similar Tissue-Wide Expression And Buffer Against Mutations., Peter Rogan, Ruipeng Lu Jan 2019

Transcription Factor Binding Site Clusters Identify Target Genes With Similar Tissue-Wide Expression And Buffer Against Mutations., Peter Rogan, Ruipeng Lu

Biochemistry Publications

Background: The distribution and composition of cis-regulatory modules composed of transcription factor (TF) binding site (TFBS) clusters in promoters substantially determine gene expression patterns and TF targets. TF knockdown experiments have revealed that TF binding profiles and gene expression levels are correlated. We use TFBS features within accessible promoter intervals to predict genes with similar tissue-wide expression patterns and TF targets using Machine Learning (ML). Methods: Bray-Curtis Similarity was used to identify genes with correlated expression patterns across 53 tissues. TF targets from knockdown experiments were also analyzed by this approach to set up the ML framework. TFBSs were ...


Tale Factors Use Two Distinct Functional Modes To Control An Essential Zebrafish Gene Expression Program, Franck Ladam, William Stanney, Ian J. Donaldson, Ozge Yildiz, Nicoletta Bobola, Charles G. Sagerstrom Jun 2018

Tale Factors Use Two Distinct Functional Modes To Control An Essential Zebrafish Gene Expression Program, Franck Ladam, William Stanney, Ian J. Donaldson, Ozge Yildiz, Nicoletta Bobola, Charles G. Sagerstrom

Open Access Articles

TALE factors are broadly expressed embryonically and known to function in complexes with transcription factors (TFs) like Hox proteins at gastrula/segmentation stages, but it is unclear if such generally expressed factors act by the same mechanism throughout embryogenesis. We identify a TALE-dependent gene regulatory network (GRN) required for anterior development and detect TALE occupancy associated with this GRN throughout embryogenesis. At blastula stages, we uncover a novel functional mode for TALE factors, where they occupy genomic DECA motifs with nearby NF-Y sites. We demonstrate that TALE and NF-Y form complexes and regulate chromatin state at genes of this GRN ...


Identification Of Epigenetic Regulators Of Dux4-Fl For Targeted Therapy Of Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy, Charis L. Himeda, Takako I. Jones, Ching-Man A. Virbasius, Lihua Julie Zhu, Michael R. Green, Peter L. Jones Apr 2018

Identification Of Epigenetic Regulators Of Dux4-Fl For Targeted Therapy Of Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy, Charis L. Himeda, Takako I. Jones, Ching-Man A. Virbasius, Lihua Julie Zhu, Michael R. Green, Peter L. Jones

Open Access Articles

Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) is caused by epigenetic de-repression of the disease locus, leading to pathogenic misexpression of the DUX4 gene in skeletal muscle. While the factors and pathways involved in normal repression of the FSHD locus in healthy cells have been well characterized, very little is known about those responsible for the aberrant activation of DUX4-fl in FSHD myocytes. Reasoning that DUX4-fl activators might represent useful targets for small molecule inhibition, we performed a highly targeted, candidate-based screen of epigenetic regulators in primary FSHD myocytes. We confirmed several of the strongest and most specific candidates (ASH1L, BRD2, KDM4C, and ...


Maelstrom Represses Canonical Rna Polymerase Ii Transcription In Drosophila Dual-Strand Pirna Clusters, Timothy H. Chang Apr 2018

Maelstrom Represses Canonical Rna Polymerase Ii Transcription In Drosophila Dual-Strand Pirna Clusters, Timothy H. Chang

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Transposons constitute much of the animal genome. While many transposons are ancient and inactivated, numerous others are intact and must be actively repressed. Uncontrolled transposons can cause genomic instability through DNA damage or mutations and must be carefully silenced in the germline or risk sterility or mutations that are passed on to offspring.

In Drosophila melanogaster, 23–30 nt long piRNAs direct transposon silencing by serving as guides for Aubergine, Argonaute3, and Piwi, the three fly PIWI proteins. piRNAs derive from piRNA clusters—large heterochromatic DNA loci comprising transposons and transposon fragments. piRNAs are loaded into PIWI proteins via the ...


Biochemical Analysis Of Dimethyl Suberimidate-Crosslinked Yeast Nucleosomes, Yuichi Ichikawa, Paul D. Kaufman Mar 2018

Biochemical Analysis Of Dimethyl Suberimidate-Crosslinked Yeast Nucleosomes, Yuichi Ichikawa, Paul D. Kaufman

Open Access Articles

Nucleosomes are the fundamental unit of eukaryotic chromosome packaging, comprised of 147 bp of DNA wrapped around two molecules of each of the core histone proteins H2A, H2B, H3, and H4. Nucleosomes are symmetrical, with one axis of symmetry centered on the homodimeric interaction between the C-termini of the H3 molecules. To explore the functional consequences of nucleosome symmetry, we designed an obligate pair of H3 heterodimers, termed H3X and H3Y, allowing us to compare cells with single or double H3 alterations. Our biochemical validation of the heterodimeric X-Y interaction included intra-nucleosomal H3 crosslinking using dimethyl suberimidate (DMS). Here, we ...


Temporal Regulation Of Chromatin During Myoblast Differentiation, Akihito Harada, Yasuyuki Ohkawa, Anthony N. Imbalzano Dec 2017

Temporal Regulation Of Chromatin During Myoblast Differentiation, Akihito Harada, Yasuyuki Ohkawa, Anthony N. Imbalzano

UMass Metabolic Network Publications

The commitment to and execution of differentiation programmes involves a significant change in gene expression in the precursor cell to facilitate development of the mature cell type. In addition to being regulated by lineage-determining and auxiliary transcription factors that drive these changes, the structural status of the chromatin has a considerable impact on the transcriptional competence of differentiation-specific genes, which is clearly demonstrated by the large number of cofactors and the extraordinary complex mechanisms by which these genes become activated. The terminal differentiation of myoblasts to myotubes and mature skeletal muscle is an excellent system to illustrate these points. The ...


A Synthetic Biology Approach To Probing Nucleosome Symmetry, Yuichi Ichikawa, Caitlin M. Connolly, Hsin-Jung Chou, Yuanyuan Chen, Upasna Sharma, Hsuiyi V. Chen, Vineeta Bajaj, Daniel Na. Bolon, Oliver J. Rando, Paul D. Kaufman Sep 2017

A Synthetic Biology Approach To Probing Nucleosome Symmetry, Yuichi Ichikawa, Caitlin M. Connolly, Hsin-Jung Chou, Yuanyuan Chen, Upasna Sharma, Hsuiyi V. Chen, Vineeta Bajaj, Daniel Na. Bolon, Oliver J. Rando, Paul D. Kaufman

UMass Metabolic Network Publications

The repeating subunit of chromatin, the nucleosome, includes two copies of each of the four core histones, and several recent studies have reported that asymmetrically-modified nucleosomes occur at regulatory elements in vivo. To probe the mechanisms by which histone modifications are read out, we designed an obligate pair of H3 heterodimers, termed H3X and H3Y, which we extensively validated genetically and biochemically. Comparing the effects of asymmetric histone tail point mutants with those of symmetric double mutants revealed that a single methylated H3K36 per nucleosome was sufficient to silence cryptic transcription in vivo. We also demonstrate the utility of this ...


Heterogeneity And Intrinsic Variation In Spatial Genome Organization, Elizabeth Finn, Gianluca Pegoraro, Hugo B. Brandao, Anne-Laure Valton, Marlies E. Oomen, Job Dekker, Leonid Mirny, Tom Misteli Aug 2017

Heterogeneity And Intrinsic Variation In Spatial Genome Organization, Elizabeth Finn, Gianluca Pegoraro, Hugo B. Brandao, Anne-Laure Valton, Marlies E. Oomen, Job Dekker, Leonid Mirny, Tom Misteli

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

The genome is hierarchically organized in 3D space and its architecture is altered in differentiation, development and disease. Some of the general principles that determine global 3D genome organization have been established. However, the extent and nature of cell-to-cell and cell-intrinsic variability in genome architecture are poorly characterized. Here, we systematically probe the heterogeneity in genome organization in human fibroblasts by combining high-resolution Hi-C datasets and high-throughput genome imaging. Optical mapping of several hundred genome interaction pairs at the single cell level demonstrates low steady-state frequencies of colocalization in the population and independent behavior of individual alleles in single nuclei ...


Gcn5 Impacts Fgf Signaling At Multiple Levels And Activates C-Myc Target Genes During Early Differentiation Of Embryoid Bodies, Li Wang Aug 2017

Gcn5 Impacts Fgf Signaling At Multiple Levels And Activates C-Myc Target Genes During Early Differentiation Of Embryoid Bodies, Li Wang

UT GSBS Dissertations and Theses (Open Access)

Precise control of gene expression during development is orchestrated by transcription factors, signaling pathways and co-regulators, with complex cross-regulatory events often occurring. Growing evidence has identified chromatin modifiers as important regulators for development as well, yet how particular chromatin modifying enzymes affect specific developmental processes remains largely unclear. Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) are self-renewing, pluripotent, and have the abilities to generate almost all cell types in adult tissues. The dual capacity of ESCs to self-renew and differentiate offers unlimited potential for studying gene regulation events at specific developmental stages in vitro that parallel developmental events during embryogenesis in vivo.

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An Embryonic Stem Cell-Specific Nurd Complex Functions Through Interaction With Wdr5, Ly-Sha Ee, Kurtis N. Mccannell, Yang Tang, Nancy Fernandes, W. Rod Hardy, Michael R. Green, Feixia Chu, Thomas G. Fazzio Jun 2017

An Embryonic Stem Cell-Specific Nurd Complex Functions Through Interaction With Wdr5, Ly-Sha Ee, Kurtis N. Mccannell, Yang Tang, Nancy Fernandes, W. Rod Hardy, Michael R. Green, Feixia Chu, Thomas G. Fazzio

Open Access Articles

The Nucleosome Remodeling and Deacetylase (NuRD) complex is a chromatin regulatory complex that functions as a transcriptional co-repressor in metazoans. The NuRD subunit MBD3 is essential for targeting and assembly of a functional NuRD complex as well as embryonic stem cell (ESC) pluripotency. Three MBD3 isoforms (MBD3A, MBD3B, and MBD3C) are expressed in mouse. Here, we find that the MBD3C isoform contains a unique 50-amino-acid N-terminal region that is necessary for MBD3C to specifically interact with the histone H3 binding protein WDR5. Domain analyses of WDR5 reveal that the H3 binding pocket is required for interaction with MBD3C. We find ...


Three-Dimensional Folding Of Eukaryotic Genomes, Tsung-Han S. Hsieh May 2017

Three-Dimensional Folding Of Eukaryotic Genomes, Tsung-Han S. Hsieh

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Chromatin packages eukaryotic genomes via a hierarchical series of folding steps, encrypting multiple layers of epigenetic information, which are capable of regulating nuclear transactions in response to complex signals in environment. Besides the 1-dimensinal chromatin landscape such as nucleosome positioning and histone modifications, little is known about the secondary chromatin structures and their functional consequences related to transcriptional regulation and DNA replication. The family of chromosomal conformation capture (3C) assays has revolutionized our understanding of large-scale chromosome folding with the ability to measure relative interaction probability between genomic loci in vivo. However, the suboptimal resolution of the typical 3C techniques ...


Ki-67 Contributes To Normal Cell Cycle Progression And Inactive X Heterochromatin In P21 Checkpoint-Proficient Human Cells, Xiaoming Sun, Aizhan Bizhanova, Timothy D. Matheson, Jun Yu, Lihua Julie Zhu, Paul D. Kaufman May 2017

Ki-67 Contributes To Normal Cell Cycle Progression And Inactive X Heterochromatin In P21 Checkpoint-Proficient Human Cells, Xiaoming Sun, Aizhan Bizhanova, Timothy D. Matheson, Jun Yu, Lihua Julie Zhu, Paul D. Kaufman

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Ki-67 protein is widely used as a tumor proliferation marker. However, whether Ki-67 affects cell cycle progression has been controversial. Here, we demonstrate that depletion of Ki-67 in human hTERT-RPE1, WI-38, IMR90, hTERT-BJ cell lines and primary fibroblast cells slowed entry into S phase and coordinately downregulated genes related to DNA replication. Some gene expression changes were partially relieved in Ki-67-depleted hTERT-RPE1 cells by co-depletion of the Rb checkpoint protein, but more thorough suppression of the transcriptional and cell cycle defects was observed upon depletion of cell cycle inhibitor p21. Notably, induction of p21 upon depletion of Ki-67 was a ...


The Cdk-Resistant Prb-E2f1 Complex Recruits Chromatin-Organizing Proteins To Repetitive Dna Sequences, Charles A. Ishak Apr 2017

The Cdk-Resistant Prb-E2f1 Complex Recruits Chromatin-Organizing Proteins To Repetitive Dna Sequences, Charles A. Ishak

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

This thesis investigates mechanistic links between genome integrity and the recruitment of chromatin organizing proteins to repetitive DNA sequences mediated by the retinoblastoma tumor suppressor protein (pRB). I demonstrate that a CDK-resistant interaction between the pRB C-terminus and the E2F1 coiled-coil marked box domain establishes a scaffold that facilitates recruitment of multiple chromatin-organizing proteins to repetitive sequences across the genome throughout the cell cycle. Specifically, pRB recruits the enhancer-of-zeste-homologue 2 (EZH2) histone methyltransferase to establish repressive facultative heterochromatin at repetitive sequences, and the Condensin II complex to ensure proper DNA replication and mitotic progression. To disrupt the CDK-resistant pRB-E2F1 interaction ...


Kat-Independent Gene Regulation By Tip60 Promotes Esc Self-Renewal But Not Pluripotency, Diwash Acharya, Sarah J. Hainer, Yeonsoo Yoon, Feng Wang, Ingolf Bach, Jaime A. Rivera-Perez, Thomas G. Fazzio Apr 2017

Kat-Independent Gene Regulation By Tip60 Promotes Esc Self-Renewal But Not Pluripotency, Diwash Acharya, Sarah J. Hainer, Yeonsoo Yoon, Feng Wang, Ingolf Bach, Jaime A. Rivera-Perez, Thomas G. Fazzio

Pediatric Publications and Presentations

Although histone-modifying enzymes are generally assumed to function in a manner dependent on their enzymatic activities, this assumption remains untested for many factors. Here, we show that the Tip60 (Kat5) lysine acetyltransferase (KAT), which is essential for embryonic stem cell (ESC) self-renewal and pre-implantation development, performs these functions independently of its KAT activity. Unlike ESCs depleted of Tip60, KAT-deficient ESCs exhibited minimal alterations in gene expression, chromatin accessibility at Tip60 binding sites, and self-renewal, thus demonstrating a critical KAT-independent role of Tip60 in ESC maintenance. In contrast, KAT-deficient ESCs exhibited impaired differentiation into mesoderm and endoderm, demonstrating a KAT-dependent function ...


Gene 33/Mig6 Regulates Apoptosis And The Dna Damage Response Through Independent Mechanisms, Cen Li, Soyoung Park, Leonard M. Eisenberg, Hong Zhao, Zbigniew Darzynkiewicz, Dazhong Xu Mar 2017

Gene 33/Mig6 Regulates Apoptosis And The Dna Damage Response Through Independent Mechanisms, Cen Li, Soyoung Park, Leonard M. Eisenberg, Hong Zhao, Zbigniew Darzynkiewicz, Dazhong Xu

NYMC Faculty Posters

Gene 33 (Mig6, ERRFI1) is an inducible adaptor/scaffold protein whose expression can be induced by both stress and mitogenic signals. It contains multiple domains for protein-protein interaction and is involved in a broad spectrum of cellular functions. Gene 33 promotes apoptosis in a cell type-dependent manner. A recent study has linked Gene 33 to the DNA damage response (DDR) induced by hexavalent chromium [Cr(VI)]. Here we show that Gene 33 induces apoptosis via both c-Abl/p73 and EGFR/AKT-dependent pathways in lung epithelial and lung carcinoma cells. Ectopic expression of Gene 33 also triggers DDR in an ATM-dependent ...


Epigenomic Reprogramming In Inorganic Arsenic-Mediated Gene Expression Patterns During Carcinogenesis, Meredith Eckstein, Rebekah Eleazer, Matthew Rea, Yvonne N. Fondufe-Mittendorf Mar 2017

Epigenomic Reprogramming In Inorganic Arsenic-Mediated Gene Expression Patterns During Carcinogenesis, Meredith Eckstein, Rebekah Eleazer, Matthew Rea, Yvonne N. Fondufe-Mittendorf

Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry Faculty Publications

Arsenic is a ubiquitous metalloid that is not mutagenic but is carcinogenic. The mechanism(s) by which arsenic causes cancer remain unknown. To date, several mechanisms have been proposed, including the arsenic-induced generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). However, it is also becoming evident that inorganic arsenic (iAs) may exert its carcinogenic effects by changing the epigenome, and thereby modifying chromatin structure and dynamics. These epigenetic changes alter the accessibility of gene regulatory factors to DNA, resulting in specific changes in gene expression both at the levels of transcription initiation and gene splicing. In this review, we discuss recent literature ...


Dna Methylation Directs Genomic Localization Of Mbd2 And Mbd3 In Embryonic Stem Cells, Sarah J. Hainer, Kurtis N. Mccannell, Jun Yu, Ly-Sha Ee, Lihua (Julie) Zhu, Oliver J. Rando, Thomas G. Fazzio Nov 2016

Dna Methylation Directs Genomic Localization Of Mbd2 And Mbd3 In Embryonic Stem Cells, Sarah J. Hainer, Kurtis N. Mccannell, Jun Yu, Ly-Sha Ee, Lihua (Julie) Zhu, Oliver J. Rando, Thomas G. Fazzio

Open Access Articles

Cytosine methylation is an epigenetic and regulatory mark that functions in part through recruitment of chromatin remodeling complexes containing methyl-CpG binding domain (MBD) proteins. Two MBD proteins, Mbd2 and Mbd3, were previously shown to bind methylated or hydroxymethylated DNA, respectively; however, both of these findings have been disputed. Here, we investigated this controversy using experimental approaches and re-analysis of published data and find no evidence for methylation-independent functions of Mbd2 or Mbd3. We show that chromatin localization of Mbd2 and Mbd3 is highly overlapping and, unexpectedly, we find Mbd2 and Mbd3 are interdependent for chromatin association. Further investigation reveals that ...


Quantitative Mass Spectrometry Reveals Changes In Histone H2b Variants As Cells Undergo Inorganic Arsenic-Mediated Cellular Transformation, Matthew Rea, Tingting Jiang, Rebekah Eleazer, Meredith Eckstein, Alan G. Marshall, Yvonne N. Fondufe-Mittendorf May 2016

Quantitative Mass Spectrometry Reveals Changes In Histone H2b Variants As Cells Undergo Inorganic Arsenic-Mediated Cellular Transformation, Matthew Rea, Tingting Jiang, Rebekah Eleazer, Meredith Eckstein, Alan G. Marshall, Yvonne N. Fondufe-Mittendorf

Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry Faculty Publications

Exposure to inorganic arsenic, a ubiquitous environmental toxic metalloid, leads to carcinogenesis. However, the mechanism is unknown. Several studies have shown that inorganic arsenic exposure alters specific gene expression patterns, possibly through alterations in chromatin structure. While most studies on understanding the mechanism of chromatin-mediated gene regulation have focused on histone post-translational modifications, the role of histone variants remains largely unknown. Incorporation of histone variants alters the functional properties of chromatin. To understand the global dynamics of chromatin structure and function in arsenic-mediated carcinogenesis, analysis of the histone variants incorporated into the nucleosome and their covalent modifications is required. Here ...


Regulation Of Chaperone Binding And Nucleosome Dynamics By Key Residues Within The Globular Domain Of Histone H3, Sarah J. Hainer, Joseph A. Martens Apr 2016

Regulation Of Chaperone Binding And Nucleosome Dynamics By Key Residues Within The Globular Domain Of Histone H3, Sarah J. Hainer, Joseph A. Martens

Open Access Articles

BACKGROUND: Nucleosomes have an important role in modulating access of DNA by regulatory factors. The role specific histone residues have in this process has been shown to be an important mechanism of transcription regulation. Previously, we identified eight amino acids in histones H3 and H4 that are required for nucleosome occupancy over highly transcribed regions of the genome.

RESULTS: We investigate the mechanism through which three of these previously identified histone H3 amino acids regulate nucleosome architecture. We find that histone H3 K122, Q120, and R49 are required for Spt2, Spt6, and Spt16 occupancies at genomic locations where transcription rates ...


A Novel Smc-Like Protein Modulates C. Elegans Condensin Functions: A Dissertation, Lucy F. Chao Mar 2016

A Novel Smc-Like Protein Modulates C. Elegans Condensin Functions: A Dissertation, Lucy F. Chao

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Chromatin is organized dynamically to accommodate different biological processes. One of the factors required for proper chromatin organization is a group of complexes called condensins. Most eukaryotes have two conserved condensins (I and II) required for chromosome segregation. C. elegans has a third condensin (IDC) that specializes in dosage compensation, a process that down-regulates X gene dosage in XX hermaphrodites to match the dosage in XO males. How the three condensins are regulated is not well understood. Here, I present the discovery and characterization of a novel condensin regulator, SMCL-1.

We identified SMCL-1 through purification of a MAP-tagged condensin subunit ...


Involvement Of Parp1 In The Regulation Of Alternative Splicing, Elena Matveeva, John Maiorano, Qingyang Zhang, Abdallah M. Eteleeb, Paolo Convertini, Jing Chen, Vittoria Infantino, Stefan Stamm, Jiping Wang, Eric C. Rouchka, Yvonne N. Fondufe-Mittendorf Feb 2016

Involvement Of Parp1 In The Regulation Of Alternative Splicing, Elena Matveeva, John Maiorano, Qingyang Zhang, Abdallah M. Eteleeb, Paolo Convertini, Jing Chen, Vittoria Infantino, Stefan Stamm, Jiping Wang, Eric C. Rouchka, Yvonne N. Fondufe-Mittendorf

Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry Faculty Publications

Specialized chromatin structures such as nucleosomes with specific histone modifications decorate exons in eukaryotic genomes, suggesting a functional connection between chromatin organization and the regulation of pre-mRNA splicing. Through profiling the functional location of Poly (ADP) ribose polymerase, we observed that it is associated with the nucleosomes at exon/intron boundaries of specific genes, suggestive of a role for this enzyme in alternative splicing. Poly (ADP) ribose polymerase has previously been implicated in the PARylation of splicing factors as well as regulation of the histone modification H3K4me3, a mark critical for co-transcriptional splicing. In light of these studies, we hypothesized ...


Mechanisms And Dynamics Of Oxidative Dna Damage Repair In Nucleosomes, Wendy J. Cannan Jan 2016

Mechanisms And Dynamics Of Oxidative Dna Damage Repair In Nucleosomes, Wendy J. Cannan

Graduate College Dissertations and Theses

DNA provides the blueprint for cell function and growth, as well as ensuring continuity from one cell generation to the next. In order to compact, protect, and regulate this vital information, DNA is packaged by histone proteins into nucleosomes, which are the fundamental subunits of chromatin. Reactive oxygen species, generated by both endogenous and exogenous agents, can react with DNA, altering base chemistry and generating DNA strand breaks. Left unrepaired, these oxidation products can result in mutations and/or cell death. The Base Excision Repair (BER) pathway exists to deal with damaged bases and single-stranded DNA breaks. However, the packaging ...


The Mitotic Genome: Accessibility And Transcriptional Control, Chris Hsiung Jan 2016

The Mitotic Genome: Accessibility And Transcriptional Control, Chris Hsiung

Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations

Mitosis entails dramatic global alterations to genome structure and regulation, including

chromosome condensation, dissociation of the transcriptional machinery from chromosomes, and transcriptional silencing. Here I report studies that address the macromolecular accessibility of the mitotic genome and the control of transcriptional reactivation upon mitotic exit in a mammalian cell line. The results obtained from measuring the sensitivity of chromatin to DNase I cleavage by sequencing (DNase-seq) in pure mitotic cell populations demonstrate that macromolecular accessibility of the mitotic genome is widely preserved. Thus, steric hindrance from chromatin condensation is insufficient for explaining the eviction of transcription factors from mitotic chromatin ...


Interplay Between P53 And Epigenetic Pathways In Cancer, Jiajun Zhu Jan 2016

Interplay Between P53 And Epigenetic Pathways In Cancer, Jiajun Zhu

Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations

The human TP53 gene encodes the most potent tumor suppressor protein p53. More than half of all human cancers contain mutations in the TP53 gene, while the majority of the remaining cases involve other mechanisms to inactivate wild-type p53 function. In the first part of my dissertation research, I have explored the mechanism of suppressed wild-type p53 activity in teratocarcinoma. In the teratocarcinoma cell line NTera2, we show that wild-type p53 is mono-methylated at Lysine 370 and Lysine 382. These post-translational modifications contribute to the compromised tumor suppressive activity of p53 despite a high level of wild-type protein in NTera2 ...


Solid Phase Synthesis Strategies For Generating Novel Chromatin Model Systems, Margaret K. Gannon Jan 2016

Solid Phase Synthesis Strategies For Generating Novel Chromatin Model Systems, Margaret K. Gannon

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Chromatin, the native form of eukaryotic DNA, organizes the genome and regulates its use. Assembled chromatin model systems provide a powerful tool for understanding the complex structural and functional properties of chromatin. Chromatin is structurally diverse within the cell, yet current in vitro model systems do not reflect this diversity. Additionally, generating new model systems has traditionally been challenging. Here we apply the ideas of solid-phase synthesis to show that sequential ligation of DNA fragments readily generates a wide range of chromatin model systems. Using DNA fragments containing one or more nucleosome positioning sites, we generated DNA templates for assembling ...


Linking Acetyl-Coa Metabolism And Histone Acetylation To Dynamic Gene Regulation In Yeast And Mouse Hippocampus, Philipp Mews Jan 2016

Linking Acetyl-Coa Metabolism And Histone Acetylation To Dynamic Gene Regulation In Yeast And Mouse Hippocampus, Philipp Mews

Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations

A compelling body of evidence suggests an intimate relationship between metabolic state and chromatin regulation. This link is manifested in key metabolites that participate in biochemical pathways as intermediates, and function as cofactors to regulate chromatin modifying enzymes. Of particular interest is the metabolite acetyl-CoA, given its central role as an intermediate of cellular energy metabolism and key determinant of all histone acetylation. How nuclear acetyl-CoA levels are regulated to, in turn, control histone acetylation is under intense investigation, and holds promise for increased understanding of the molecular mechanisms adapting gene expression to internal and external stimuli. We studied the ...