CTCF-mediated topological boundaries during development foster appropriate gene regulation
UMass Chan AffiliationsDepartment of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Program in Systems Biology
Document TypeJournal Article
Hox gene regulation
chromatin and epigenetics
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AbstractThe genome is organized into repeating topologically associated domains (TADs), each of which is spatially isolated from its neighbor by poorly understood boundary elements thought to be conserved across cell types. Here, we show that deletion of CTCF (CCCTC-binding factor)-binding sites at TAD and sub-TAD topological boundaries that form within the HoxA and HoxC clusters during differentiation not only disturbs local chromatin domain organization and regulatory interactions but also results in homeotic transformations typical of Hox gene misregulation. Moreover, our data suggest that CTCF-dependent boundary function can be modulated by competing forces, such as the self-assembly of polycomb domains within the nucleus. Therefore, CTCF boundaries are not merely static structural components of the genome but instead are locally dynamic regulatory structures that control gene expression during development.
SourceGenes Dev. 2016 Dec 15;30(24):2657-2662. doi: 10.1101/gad.288324.116. Link to article on publisher's site.
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