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Specificity, propagation, and memory of pericentric heterochromatin

Overview of attention for article published in Molecular Systems Biology, August 2014
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12 tweeters
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Specificity, propagation, and memory of pericentric heterochromatin
Published in
Molecular Systems Biology, August 2014
DOI 10.15252/msb.20145377
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Katharina Müller‐Ott, Fabian Erdel, Anna Matveeva, Jan‐Philipp Mallm, Anne Rademacher, Matthias Hahn, Caroline Bauer, Qin Zhang, Sabine Kaltofen, Gunnar Schotta, Thomas Höfer, Karsten Rippe


The cell establishes heritable patterns of active and silenced chromatin via interacting factors that set, remove, and read epigenetic marks. To understand how the underlying networks operate, we have dissected transcriptional silencing in pericentric heterochromatin (PCH) of mouse fibroblasts. We assembled a quantitative map for the abundance and interactions of 16 factors related to PCH in living cells and found that stably bound complexes of the histone methyltransferase SUV39H1/2 demarcate the PCH state. From the experimental data, we developed a predictive mathematical model that explains how chromatin-bound SUV39H1/2 complexes act as nucleation sites and propagate a spatially confined PCH domain with elevated histone H3 lysine 9 trimethylation levels via chromatin dynamics. This "nucleation and looping" mechanism is particularly robust toward transient perturbations and stably maintains the PCH state. These features make it an attractive model for establishing functional epigenetic domains throughout the genome based on the localized immobilization of chromatin-modifying enzymes.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Germany 3 3%
Iran, Islamic Republic of 1 <1%
Denmark 1 <1%
Korea, Republic of 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Unknown 110 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 36 31%
Researcher 20 17%
Student > Bachelor 13 11%
Student > Master 10 8%
Professor 7 6%
Other 17 14%
Unknown 15 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 47 40%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 31 26%
Computer Science 4 3%
Medicine and Dentistry 3 3%
Physics and Astronomy 2 2%
Other 8 7%
Unknown 23 19%

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