The BRG1 transcriptional coregulator

Laboratory of Molecular Carcinogenesis, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences/National Institutes of Health, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA.
Nuclear Receptor Signaling 02/2008; 6:e004. DOI: 10.1621/nrs.06004
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The packaging of genomic DNA into chromatin, often viewed as an impediment to the transcription process, plays a fundamental role in the regulation of gene expression. Chromatin remodeling proteins have been shown to alter local chromatin structure and facilitate recruitment of essential factors required for transcription. Brahma-related gene-1 (BRG1), the central catalytic subunit of numerous chromatin-modifying enzymatic complexes, uses the energy derived from ATP-hydrolysis to disrupt the chromatin architecture of target promoters. In this review, we examine BRG1 as a major coregulator of transcription. BRG1 has been implicated in the activation and repression of gene expression through the modulation of chromatin in various tissues and physiological conditions. Outstanding examples are studies demonstrating that BRG1 is a necessary component for nuclear receptor-mediated transcriptional activation. The remodeling protein is also associated with transcriptional corepressor complexes which recruit remodeling activity to target promoters for gene silencing. Taken together, BRG1 appears to be a critical modulator of transcriptional regulation in cellular processes including transcriptional regulation, replication, DNA repair and recombination.

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    • "Finally, SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complexes or CHD3 ATPases can associate with other chromatin regulatory complexes (e.g. Mi-2 NURD in mammals) that endow them with different activities (Trotter and Archer, 2008; Reynolds et al., 2013). "
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    • "Combinatorial assembly of six to eight additional BAFs confers specificity of function to individual SWI/SNF complexes (for review [1], [3]). Some SWI/SNF subunits can participate to other multiprotein complexes also involved in gene transcription regulation, such as N-CoR, WINAC, NUMAC and mSIN3A [2], [4]. SWI/SNF remodeling activity is involved in many physiological processes such as embryonic development, maintenance of pluripotency, cell reprogramming [5], cellular differentiation and pathological processes like tumorigenesis or neurological disorders [6], [7]. "
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    • "One of these factors, SWI/SNF, is a large chromatin-remodeling complex that contains either BRG1 or BRM exclusively as the catalytic ATPase subunit that drives the alteration of DNA-nucleosome structure and thus regulates gene transcription (Fryer and Archer, 1998; Trotter and Archer, 2008; Wang et al., 1996). Previous studies revealed that deletions of BRG1 or core subunits of the SWI/ SNF complex, such as BAF155 and BAF47, led to peri-implantation lethality due to compromised survival of totipotent cells that give rise to both the inner cell mass and trophoblast, suggesting a requirement of the SWI/ SNF complex for totipotency in vivo (Bultman et al., 2005; Kim et al., 2001; Klochendler-Yeivin et al., 2000). "
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