Mutations at the H2B:H4 Interface of the Yeast Nucleosome Alter Expression of a Telomeric ADE2 Gene

Burns, Amelia and Smith, Christine (2011) Mutations at the H2B:H4 Interface of the Yeast Nucleosome Alter Expression of a Telomeric ADE2 Gene. [Abstract]

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Abstract

Two independent yeast genetic screens—one that addressed H4 mutations that increase telomeric ADE2 silencing and one that addressed H2B mutations that decrease telomeric ADE2 silencing—revealed that the interface within the nucleosome between H2B and H4 plays a role in telomeric gene expression. To further characterize this interface, we conducted a mutational analysis that altered H4 and H2B residues protruding into the interface. The mutations we analyzed are surprisingly subtle—substitutions of Arg with Lys, His with Tyr and Glu with Asp or Tyr with Ser. In some cases, introducing a bulkier side chain appeared to decrease ADE2-TEL expression, whereas introducing smaller side chains appeared to increase ADE2-TEL expression. These results show that the H2B:H4 interface plays a role in telomeric gene expression and may provide insight into nucleosome dynamics during transcription.

Item Type: Abstract
Created by Student or Faculty: Student
Additional Information: 6th Annual Natural & Behavioral Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium Program
Uncontrolled Keywords: Yeast Nucleosome, Telomeric ADE2 gene, H2B:H4 interface, Dynamics during transcription, Mutations, Fungi
Subjects: School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Chemistry
NBS Symposium
Depositing User: Alejandro Marquez
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2013 14:12
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2013 14:12
URI: http://eprints.fortlewis.edu/id/eprint/322


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