Architectural epigenetics: Mitotic retention of mammalian transcriptional regulatory information

Sayyed K. Zaidi, Daniel W. Young, Martin Montecino, Jane B. Lian, Janet L. Stein, Andre J. van Wijnen, Gary S. Stein

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Epigenetic regulatory information must be retained during mammalian cell division to sustain phenotypespecific and physiologically responsive gene expression in the progeny cells. Histone modifications, DNA methylation, and RNA-mediated silencing are well-defined epigenetic mechanisms that control the cellular phenotype by regulating gene expression. Recent results suggest that the mitotic retention of nuclease hypersensitivity, selective histone marks, as well as the lineage-specific transcription factor occupancy of promoter elements contribute to the epigenetic control of sustained cellular identity in progeny cells. We propose that these mitotic epigenetic signatures collectively constitute architectural epigenetics, a novel and essential mechanism that conveys regulatory information to sustain the control of phenotype and proliferation in progeny cells by bookmarking genes for activation or suppression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4758-4766
Number of pages9
JournalMolecular and Cellular Biology
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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