BMB Section seminar: "How the histone variants macroH2A function in metabolism and genome architecture"

Marcus Buschbeck, Principal Investigator and Group leader at IMPPC and Josep Carreras Institute (IJC), Campus Can Ruti, Badalona, Spain

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The macroH2A histone variants contribute to the establishment and maintenance of differentiated states. As a consequence macroH2As play an important role in development, somatic cell reprogramming and cancer. In contrast to all other histones macroH2A contain a long flexible unstructured C-terminal linker that places a globular metabolite binding domain outside of the nucleosome. How macroH2A histone variants function on the molecular level is still unclear.
I will present novel data demonstrating a role of macroH2A proteins in two key processes: the organization of genome architecture and the regulation of metabolism.
First, I will explain how macroH2A regulates the architecture of heterochromatin in the three-dimensional nuclear space by mediating the interaction with proteins of the inner nuclear envelope. Second, I will describe how a switch in splicing of the primary macroH2A1-encoding transcript mediates a shift in the consumption of NAD+ from the nucleus to the mitochondria.


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Published Oct. 19, 2016 1:55 PM - Last modified Oct. 19, 2016 1:57 PM