Core promoters and chromatin insulators (ins) may direct a transcriptional enhancer (enh) to prefer a specific promoter in complex genetic loci. Enh and ins flank the sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus α-histone H2A transcription unit in a tandem repeated cluster containing the five histone genes. In vivo competition assays of enh and ins functions reveal that the H2A enh-bound MBF-1 activator participates also in the expression of the H3 gene and that the sns5 ins buffers the downstream H1 promoter from the H2A enh. These results suggest that both the H2A enh and the sns5 ins may account for the diverse accumulation of the linker vs core nucleosomal histones during early development of the sea urchin embryo. Finally, preliminary results indicate that non-coding RNAs originate from the insulator region.
|Numero di pagine||3|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2009|