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Genome regulation by ATP-dependent chromatin remodeling and phase-separation

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  • UserProfessor Geeta Narlikar, University of California, San Francisco
  • ClockThursday 06 May 2021, 17:00-18:00
  • HouseZoom meeting.

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Host: Rosana Collepardo-Guevara

Our group is interested in understanding the biophysical mechanisms underlying chromatin regulation. Towards this goal we study how chromatin remodeling machines work and how heterochromatin functions. In my talk I will share two sets of findings, one in each of these two areas. In the context of chromatin remodeling, I will describe how INO80 , a conserved remodeling machine shows a substantial preference for sliding subnucleosomal particles over complete nucleosomes. These findings may explain how subnucleosomal particles are repositioned in cells in the wake of transcription and other disruptive processes. In the context of heterochromatin, I will describe how a pool of weakly bound heterochromatin proteins capitalize on the polymer properties of DNA to produce phase-separated domains that are simultaneously resistant to large forces and susceptible to competition by other molecules. I will use these and other results to propose that phase-separation confers biologically useful properties to heterochromatin.

This talk is part of the Genetics Seminar series.

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