Reciprocal Regulation of the Cardiac Epigenome by Chromatin Structural Proteins Hmgb and Ctcf: IMPLICATIONS FOR TRANSCRIPTIONAL REGULATION.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Transcriptome remodeling in heart disease occurs through the coordinated actions of transcription factors, histone modifications, and other chromatin features at pathology-associated genes. The extent to which genome-wide chromatin reorganization also contributes to the resultant changes in gene expression remains unknown. We examined the roles of two chromatin structural proteins, Ctcf (CCCTC-binding factor) and Hmgb2 (high mobility group protein B2), in regulating pathologic transcription and chromatin remodeling. Our data demonstrate a reciprocal relationship between Hmgb2 and Ctcf in controlling aspects of chromatin structure and gene expression. Both proteins regulate each others' expression as well as transcription in cardiac myocytes; however, only Hmgb2 does so in a manner that involves global reprogramming of chromatin accessibility. We demonstrate that the actions of Hmgb2 on local chromatin accessibility are conserved across genomic loci, whereas the effects on transcription are loci-dependent and emerge in concert with histone modification and other chromatin features. Finally, although both proteins share gene targets, Hmgb2 and Ctcf, neither binds these genes simultaneously nor do they physically colocalize in myocyte nuclei. Our study uncovers a previously unknown relationship between these two ubiquitous chromatin proteins and provides a mechanistic explanation for how Hmgb2 regulates gene expression and cellular phenotype. Furthermore, we provide direct evidence for structural remodeling of chromatin on a genome-wide scale in the setting of cardiac disease.

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Cited Authors

  • Monte, E; Rosa-Garrido, M; Karbassi, E; Chen, H; Lopez, R; Rau, CD; Wang, J; Nelson, SF; Wu, Y; Stefani, E; Lusis, AJ; Wang, Y; Kurdistani, SK; Franklin, S; Vondriska, TM

Published Date

  • July 22, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 291 / 30

Start / End Page

  • 15428 - 15446

PubMed ID

  • 27226577

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4957031

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1083-351X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1074/jbc.M116.719633


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States