Project description:We have identified a replication-independent histone variant, Hist2h2be (referred to herein as H2be), which is expressed exclusively by olfactory chemosensory neurons. Levels of H2BE are heterogeneous among olfactory neurons, but stereotyped according to the identity of the co-expressed olfactory receptor (OR). Gain- and loss-of-function experiments demonstrate that changes in H2be expression affect olfactory function and OR representation in the adult olfactory epithelium. We show that H2BE expression is reduced by sensory activity and that it promotes neuronal cell death, such that inactive olfactory neurons display higher levels of the variant and shorter life spans. Post-translational modifications (PTMs) of H2BE differ from those of the canonical H2B, consistent with a role for H2BE in altering transcription. We propose a physiological function for H2be in modulating olfactory neuron population dynamics to adapt the OR repertoire to the environment. The objective of generating this dataset was to analyze the occupancy of H2BE protein in the vicinity of gene promoters throughout the genome, relative to histone H3, in olfactory sensory neurons within the main olfactory epithelium (MOE). This dataset analyzes the occupancy of FLAG-H2BE protein in the vicinity of gene promoters throughout the genome, relative to histone H3, in olfactory sensory neurons within the main olfactory epithelium (MOE) of Flag-H2be transgenic mice, which express a FLAG-tagged version of H2BE from the H2be promoter. There are 2 replicates for each ChIP (FLAG and H3).
Project description:Polycomb group (PcG) proteins initiate the formation of repressed chromatin domains and regulate developmental gene expression. A mammalian PcG protein, Enhancer of Zeste homolog 2 (Ezh2), triggers transcriptional repression by catalyzing the addition of methyl groups onto lysine-27 of histone H3 (H3K27me2/3)1. This action facilitates the binding of other PcG proteins to histone H3 and compaction of chromatin. Interestingly, there exists a paralog of Ezh2, termed Ezh1, whose primary function remains unclear. Here, we provide evidence for genome-wide association of Ezh1 with active epigenetic marks, RNA polymerase II (PolII) and mRNA production. Ezh1 depletion reduced global PolII occupancy within gene bodies and resulted in delayed transcriptional activation during differentiation of skeletal muscle cells. Conversely, ectopic expression of wild-type Ezh1 led to premature gene activation and rescued PolII-elongation defects in Ezh1-depleted cells. Collectively, these findings reveal an unanticipated role of a PcG protein in promoting mRNA transcription. Examination of 3 different histone modifications, 3 modified forms of RNA polymerase II, Ezh1, Ezh2 and mRNA levels in a skeletal muscle cells at various developmental stages.
Project description:The goal of this study was to identify genomic binding sites of the NRSF/REST transcription factor under conditions of basal and increased SF-1 dosage in the H295R human adrenocortical tumor cell line. 4 samples: input DNA (2 replicates) - NRSF/REST ChIP basal SF-1 dosage - NRSF/REST ChIP increased SF-1 dosage