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E-GEOD-46427 - Telomeric repeats facilitate CENP-A incorporation via telomere binding proteins

Released on 22 August 2013, last updated on 2 May 2014
Schizosaccharomyces pombe
Samples (4)
Array (1)
Protocols (5)
The histone H3 variant, CENP-ACnp1, is normally assembled upon canonical centromeric sequences, but there is no apparent obligate coupling of sequence and assembly, suggesting that centromere location can be epigenetically determined. To explore the tolerances and constraints on CENP-ACnp1 deposition we investigated whether certain locations are favoured when additional CENP-ACnp1 is present in fission yeast cells. Our analyses show that additional CENP-ACnp1 accumulates within and close to heterochromatic centromeric outer repeats, and over regions adjacent to rDNA and telomeres. The use of minichromosome derivatives with unique DNA sequences internal to chromosome ends shows that telomeres are sufficient to direct CENP-ACnp1 deposition. However, chromosome ends are not required as CENP-ACnp1 deposition also occurs at telomere repeats inserted at an internal locus and correlates with the presence of H3K9 methylation near these repeats. The Ccq1 protein, which is known to bind telomere repeats and recruit telomerase, was found to be required to induce H3K9 methylation and thus promote the incorporation of CENP-A near telomere repeats. These analyses demonstrate that at non-centromeric chromosomal locations the presence of heterochromatin influences the sites at which CENP-A is incorporated into chromatin and thus, potentially the location of centromeres. For CENP-A/Cnp1 chromatin immunoprecipitation: DNA immunoprecipitated with anti-Cnp1 serum using chromatin extracts from mutants and wild type control cells in biological duplicates normalized to input DNA from each strain.
Experiment type
ChIP-chip by tiling array 
Karl Ekwall <>, Alison L Pidoux, Araceli G Castillo, Eun S Choi, Georgina Hamilton, Mickaël Durand-Dubief, Robin C Allshire, Sandra Catania
Telomeric Repeats Facilitate CENP-A(Cnp1) Incorporation via Telomere Binding Proteins. Castillo AG, Pidoux AL, Catania S, Durand-Dubief M, Choi ES, Hamilton G, Ekwall K, Allshire RC. , PMID:23936074
Investigation descriptionE-GEOD-46427.idf.txt
Sample and data relationshipE-GEOD-46427.sdrf.txt
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Array designA-GEOD-7715.adf.txt