Mécanisme de répression par les protéines polycomb

Publications de l’équipe

Année de publication : 2009

Raphael Margueron, Neil Justin, Katsuhito Ohno, Miriam L Sharpe, Jinsook Son, William J Drury, Philipp Voigt, Stephen R Martin, William R Taylor, Valeria De Marco, Vincenzo Pirrotta, Danny Reinberg, Steven J Gamblin (2009 Sep 22)

Role of the polycomb protein EED in the propagation of repressive histone marks.

Nature : 762-7 : DOI : 10.1038/nature08398 En savoir plus

Polycomb group proteins have an essential role in the epigenetic maintenance of repressive chromatin states. The gene-silencing activity of the Polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2) depends on its ability to trimethylate lysine 27 of histone H3 (H3K27) by the catalytic SET domain of the EZH2 subunit, and at least two other subunits of the complex: SUZ12 and EED. Here we show that the carboxy-terminal domain of EED specifically binds to histone tails carrying trimethyl-lysine residues associated with repressive chromatin marks, and that this leads to the allosteric activation of the methyltransferase activity of PRC2. Mutations in EED that prevent it from recognizing repressive trimethyl-lysine marks abolish the activation of PRC2 in vitro and, in Drosophila, reduce global methylation and disrupt development. These findings suggest a model for the propagation of the H3K27me3 mark that accounts for the maintenance of repressive chromatin domains and for the transmission of a histone modification from mother to daughter cells.


Année de publication : 2008

Raphael Margueron, Guohong Li, Kavitha Sarma, Alexandre Blais, Jiri Zavadil, Christopher L Woodcock, Brian D Dynlacht, Danny Reinberg (2008 Nov 26)

Ezh1 and Ezh2 maintain repressive chromatin through different mechanisms.

Molecular cell : 503-18 : DOI : 10.1016/j.molcel.2008.11.004 En savoir plus

Polycomb group proteins are critical to maintaining gene repression established during Drosophila development. Part of this group forms the PRC2 complex containing Ez that catalyzes di- and trimethylation of histone H3 lysine 27 (H3K37me2/3), marks repressive to transcription. We report that the mammalian homologs Ezh1 and Ezh2 form similar PRC2 complexes but exhibit contrasting repressive roles. While PRC2-Ezh2 catalyzes H3K27me2/3 and its knockdown affects global H3K27me2/3 levels, PRC2-Ezh1 performs this function weakly. In accordance, Ezh1 knockdown was ineffectual on global H3K27me2/3 levels. Instead, PRC2-Ezh1 directly and robustly represses transcription from chromatinized templates and compacts chromatin in the absence of the methyltransferase cofactor SAM, as evidenced by electron microscopy. Ezh1 targets a subset of Ezh2 genes, yet Ezh1 is more abundant in nonproliferative adult organs while Ezh2 expression is tightly associated with proliferation, as evidenced when analyzing aging mouse kidney. These results might reflect subfunctionalization of a PcG protein during evolution.

Kavitha Sarma, Raphael Margueron, Alexey Ivanov, Vincenzo Pirrotta, Danny Reinberg (2008 Feb 21)

Ezh2 requires PHF1 to efficiently catalyze H3 lysine 27 trimethylation in vivo.

Molecular and cellular biology : 2718-31 : DOI : 10.1128/MCB.02017-07 En savoir plus

The mammalian Polycomblike protein PHF1 was previously shown to interact with the Polycomb group (PcG) protein Ezh2, a histone methyltransferase whose activity is pivotal in sustaining gene repression during development and in adulthood. As Ezh2 is active only when part of the Polycomb Repressive Complexes (PRC2-PRC4), we examined the functional role of its interaction with PHF1. Chromatin immunoprecipitation experiments revealed that PHF1 resides along with Ezh2 at Ezh2-regulated genes such as the HoxA loci and the non-Hox MYT1 and WNT1 genes. Knockdown of PHF1 or of Ezh2 led to up-regulated HoxA gene expression. Interestingly, depletion of PHF1 did correlate with reduced occupancy of Bmi-1, a PRC1 component. As expected, knockdown of Ezh2 led to reduced levels of its catalytic products H3K27me2/H3K27me3. However, reduced levels of PHF1 also led to decreased global levels of H3K27me3. Notably, the levels of H3K27me3 decreased while those of H3K27me2 increased at the up-regulated HoxA loci tested. Consistent with this, the addition of PHF1 specifically stimulated the ability of Ezh2 to catalyze H3K27me3 but not H3K27me1/H3K27me2 in vitro. We conclude that PHF1 modulates the activity of Ezh2 in favor of the repressive H3K27me3 mark. Thus, we propose that PHF1 is a determinant in PcG-mediated gene repression.