Cell type specificity of chromatin organization mediated by CTCF and cohesin

Laboratory of Cellular and Developmental Biology, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Impact Factor: 9.67). 02/2010; 107(8):3651-6. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0912087107
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CTCF sites are abundant in the genomes of diverse species but their function is enigmatic. We used chromosome conformation capture to determine long-range interactions among CTCF/cohesin sites over 2 Mb on human chromosome 11 encompassing the beta-globin locus and flanking olfactory receptor genes. Although CTCF occupies these sites in both erythroid K562 cells and fibroblast 293T cells, the long-range interaction frequencies among the sites are highly cell type specific, revealing a more densely clustered organization in the absence of globin gene activity. Both CTCF and cohesins are required for the cell-type-specific chromatin conformation. Furthermore, loss of the organizational loops in K562 cells through reduction of CTCF with shRNA results in acquisition of repressive histone marks in the globin locus and reduces globin gene expression whereas silent flanking olfactory receptor genes are unaffected. These results support a genome-wide role for CTCF/cohesin sites through loop formation that both influences transcription and contributes to cell-type-specific chromatin organization and function.

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    • "The Human b-globin Locus Provides an Additional Example of CBS Orientation-Dependent Topological Chromatin Looping Based on the location and orientation of CBSs, as well as their CTCF/cohesin occupancy, we identified four CCDs (domains 1–4) in the well-characterized b-globin cluster (Figure 5A). The b-globin gene cluster is located between CBS3 (5 0 HS5) and CBS4 (3 0 HS1) in domain1 (Figure 5A) (Hou et al., 2010; Splinter et al., 2006). We generated a series of CBS4/5 mutant K562 cell lines using CRISPR/Cas9 with one or two sgRNAs (Li et al., "
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    ABSTRACT: Graphical Abstract Highlights d The orientation of Pcdh CBSs determines the direction of topological DNA looping d Directional CTCF binding to CBSs is crucial for loop topology and gene expression d The CTCF binding orientation functions similarly in b-globin and the whole genome d CTCF/cohesin-mediated directional DNA-looping determines chromosome architecture
    • "H2AZ is known to be associated with nucleosome exchange and remodeling [13] [23] [108] [109], it thus likely contributes to the highly dynamic properties of pluripotent chromatin and its refractory character to HP1-associated constitutive heterochromatin extension [23] [27] [99] [101] [110]. This interpretation was further strengthened by the observation that unlike C4, EC4 is enriched in CTCF which besides its insulator properties [102] [103], is also known to mediate long-range intra-and inter-chromosomal interactions [111] [112] [113] [114] [115] [116]. The fact that H2AZ was also found to be broadly distributed in the bivalent state EC2 containing bivalent genes confirmed that the polycomb repressed state C2 resulted from the spreading of H3K27me3 in differentiated cells [23] [27] [99] [101] [110]. "
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    • "In contrast, CTCF tends not to be present at enhancer-promoter loops. It is more commonly associated with constitutive, longer-range chromatin interactions (Phillips-Cremins et al., 2013; Sanyal et al., 2012), although some cell-type-specific CTCF-mediated interactions have been reported (Hou et al., 2010). CTCF is enriched at TAD borders (Dixon et al., 2012; Hou et al., 2012; Sexton et al., 2012), and CTCF-mediated loops are implicated in maintenance of TAD structure (Giorgetti et al., 2014) and are thus believed to play a more fundamental architectural role in chromosome folding. "
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