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Year of publication 2019

CAMPAGNE Antoine, LEE Ming-Kang, ZIELINSKI Dina, MICHAUD Audrey, LE CORRE Stéphanie, DINGLI Florent, CHEN Hong, SHAHIDIAN Lara Z, SERVANT Nicolas, LOEW Damarys, PASMANT Eric, PISTEL-VINAY Sophie, WASSEF Michel, MARGUERON Raphaël (2019 Jan 21)

BAP1 complex promotes transcription by opposing PRC1-mediated H2A ubiquitylation

Nature Communications : DOI : 10.1038/s41467-018-08255-x Learn more

In Drosophila, a complex consisting of Calypso and ASX catalyzes H2A deubiquitination and has been reported to act as part of the Polycomb machinery in transcriptional silencing. The mammalian homologs of these proteins (BAP1 and ASXL1/2/3, respectively), are frequently mutated in various cancer types, yet their precise functions remain unclear. Using an integrative approach based on isogenic cell lines generated with CRISPR/Cas9, we uncover an unanticipated role for BAP1 in gene activation. This function requires the assembly of an enzymatically active BAP1-associated core complex ( containing one of the redundant ASXL proteins. We investigate the mechanism underlying transcriptional regulation and show that it does not participate in Polycomb-mediated silencing. Instead, our results establish that the function of is to safeguard transcriptionally active genes against silencing by the Polycomb Repressive Complex 1.

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Year of publication 2018

Forget Antoine, Martignetti Loredana, Puget Stéphanie, Calzone Laurence, Brabetz Sebastian, Picard Daniel, Montagud Arnau, Liva Stéphane, Sta Alexandre, Dingli Florent, Arras Guillaume, Rivera Jaime, Loew Damarys, Besnard Aurore, Lacombe Joëlle, Pagès Mélanie, Varlet Pascale, Dufour Christelle, Yu Hua, L. Mercier Audrey, Indersie Emilie, Chivet Anaïs, Leboucher Sophie, Sieber Laura, Beccaria Kevin, Gombert Michael, D. Meyer Frauke, Qin Nan, Bartl Jasmin, Chavez Lukas, Okonechnikov Konstantin, Sharma Tanvi, Thatikonda Venu, Bourdeaut Franck, Pouponnot Celio, Ramaswamy Vijay, Korshunov Andrey, Borkhardt Arndt, Reifenberger Guido, Poullet Patrick, D. Taylor Michael, Kool Marcel, M. Pfister Stefan, Kawauchi Daisuke, Barillot Emmanuel, Remke Marc, Ayrault Olivier (2018 Sep 10)

Aberrant ERBB4-SRC Signaling as a Hallmark of Group 4 Medulloblastoma Revealed by Integrative Phosphoproteomic Profiling

Cancer Cell : 34 : 379-395 : DOI : 10.1016/j.ccell.2018.08.002 Learn more

The current consensus recognizes four main medulloblastoma subgroups (wingless, Sonic hedgehog, group 3 and group 4). While medulloblastoma subgroups have been characterized extensively at the (epi-)genomic and transcriptomic levels, the proteome and phosphoproteome landscape remain to be comprehensively elucidated. Using quantitative (phospho)-proteomics in primary human medulloblastomas, we unravel distinct posttranscriptional regulation leading to highly divergent oncogenic signaling and kinase activity profiles in groups 3 and 4 medulloblastomas. Specifically, proteomic and phosphoproteomic analyses identify aberrant ERBB4-SRC signaling in group 4. Hence, enforced expression of an activated SRC combined with p53 inactivation induces murine tumors that resemble group 4 medulloblastoma. Therefore, our integrative proteogenomics approach unveils an oncogenic pathway and potential therapeutic vulnerability in the most common medulloblastoma subgroup.

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Year of publication 2017

Loda A., Brandsma J.H., Vassilev I., Servant N., Loos F., Amirnasr A., Splinter E., Barillot E., Poot R.A., Heard E., Gribnau J. (2017 Jan 1)

Genetic and epigenetic features direct differential efficiency of Xist-mediated silencing at X-chromosomal and autosomal locations.

Nature communications : 8 : 690 : DOI : 10.1038/s41467-017-00528-1 Learn more

Xist is indispensable for X chromosome inactivation. However, how Xist RNA directs chromosome-wide silencing and why some regions are more efficiently silenced than others remains unknown. Here, we explore the function of Xist by inducing ectopic Xist expression from multiple different X-linked and autosomal loci in mouse aneuploid and female diploid embryonic stem cells in which Xist-mediated silencing does not lead to lethal functional monosomy. We show that ectopic Xist expression faithfully recapitulates endogenous X chromosome inactivation from any location on the X chromosome, whereas long-range silencing of autosomal genes is less efficient. Long interspersed elements facilitate inactivation of genes located far away from the Xist transcription locus, and genes escaping X chromosome inactivation show enrichment of CTCF on X chromosomal but not autosomal loci. Our findings highlight important genomic and epigenetic features acquired during sex chromosome evolution to facilitate an efficient X chromosome inactivation process.Xist RNA is required for X chromosome inactivation but it is not well understood how Xist silences some regions more efficiently than others. Here, the authors induce ectopic Xist expression from multiple different X-linked and autosomal loci in cells to explore Xist function.

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Portoso M., Ragazzini R., Brenčič ?., Moiani A., Michaud A., Vassilev I., Wassef M., Servant N., Sargueil B., Margueron R. (2017 Jan 1)

PRC2 is dispensable for HOTAIR-mediated transcriptional repression.

The EMBO journal : 36 : 981-994 : DOI : 10.15252/embj.201695335 Learn more

Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) play diverse roles in physiological and pathological processes. Several lncRNAs have been suggested to modulate gene expression by guiding chromatin-modifying complexes to specific sites in the genome. However, besides the example of Xist, clear-cut evidence demonstrating this novel mode of regulation remains sparse. Here, we focus on HOTAIR, a lncRNA that is overexpressed in several tumor types and previously proposed to play a key role in gene silencing through direct recruitment of Polycomb Repressive Complex 2 (PRC2) to defined genomic loci. Using genetic tools and a novel RNA-tethering system, we investigated the interplay between HOTAIR and PRC2 in gene silencing. Surprisingly, we observed that forced overexpression of HOTAIR in breast cancer cells leads to subtle transcriptomic changes that appear to be independent of PRC2. Mechanistically, we found that artificial tethering of HOTAIR to chromatin causes transcriptional repression, but that this effect does not require PRC2. Instead, PRC2 recruitment appears to be a consequence of gene silencing. We propose that PRC2 binding to RNA might serve functions other than chromatin targeting.

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