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Amino Acids, Peptides, and Proteins | Enzymes and Coenzymes | Genetics and Genomics | Molecular Biology


The proper coordination of transcription with DNA replication and repair is central for genomic stability. We investigate how the INO80C chromatin remodeling enzyme might coordinate these genomic processes. We find that INO80C co-localizes with the origin recognition complex (ORC) at yeast replication origins and is bound to replication initiation sites in mouse embryonic stem cells (mESCs). In yeast, INO80C recruitment requires origin sequences but does not require ORC, suggesting that recruitment is independent of pre-replication complex assembly. In both yeast and ESCs, INO80C co-localizes at origins with Mot1 and NC2 transcription factors, and genetic studies suggest that they function together to promote genome stability. Interestingly, nascent transcript sequencing demonstrates that INO80C and Mot1 prevent pervasive transcription through origin sequences, and absence of these factors leads to formation of new DNA double-strand breaks. We propose that INO80C and Mot1/NC2 function through distinct pathways to limit origin transcription, maintaining genomic stability.


DSB, INO80, Mot1, NC2, NET-seq, ORC, chromatin, ncRNA, replication

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Topal S, Van C, Xue Y, Carey MF, Peterson CL. INO80C Remodeler Maintains Genomic Stability by Preventing Promiscuous Transcription at Replication Origins. Cell Rep. 2020 Sep 8;32(10):108106. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2020.108106. PMID: 32905765; PMCID: PMC7540730. Link to article on publisher's site

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