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Histone acetyltransferases (HATs) and ATP-dependent chromatin remodeling factors (ADCRs) are involved in selective gene regulation via modulation of local chromatin configuration. Activation of the recombination hotspot ade6-M26 of Schizosaccharomyces pombe is mediated by a cAMP responsive element (CRE)-like sequence, M26, and a heterodimeric ATF/CREB transcription factor, Atf1.Pcr1. Chromatin remodeling occurs meiotically around M26. We examined the roles of HATs and ADCRs in chromatin remodeling around M26. Histones H3 and H4 around M26 were hyperacetylated in an M26- and Atf1-dependent manner early in meiosis. SpGcn5, the S. pombe homolog of Gcn5p, was required for the majority of histone H3 acetylation around M26 in vivo. Deletion of gcn5+ caused a significant delay in chromatin remodeling but only partial reduction of M26 meiotic recombination frequency. The snf22+ (a Swi2/Snf2-ADCR homologue) deletion and snf22+ gcn5+ double deletion abolished chromatin remodeling and significant reduction of meiotic recombination around M26. These results suggest that HATs and ADCRs cooperatively alter local chromatin structure, as in selective transcription activation, to activate meiotic recombination at M26 in a site-specific manner.


  • Acetylation, Acetyltransferases, Activating Transcription Factor 1, Activating Transcription Factors, Amino Acid Sequence, Chromatin Assembly and Disassembly, DNA-Binding Proteins, Gene Deletion, Genes, Fungal, Histones, Meiosis, Molecular Sequence Data, Phosphoproteins, Recombination, Genetic, Schizosaccharomyces, Schizosaccharomyces pombe Proteins, Sequence Alignment, Transcription Factors, Journal Article, Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural, Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't, Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1792-803
Number of pages12
JournalEMBO Journal
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2004
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