alexa Epigenetic gene silencing by Runx proteins.


Journal of Clinical & Experimental Cardiology

Author(s): Taniuchi I, Littman DR

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Abstract Runx family proteins have the potential for either activating or suppressing gene expression in a context-dependent manner. There are several mechanisms by which transcriptional repression can occur. A wide range of locus inactivation, that is often called gene silencing, is thought to be achieved by chromatin modifications. Recently, Runx family proteins were found to have an essential role in either temporal transcriptional repression or irreversible epigenetic silencing at the CD4 locus through binding to a CD4 silencer at different stages of development. These findings link Runx function to epigenetic gene regulation, and shed new light on the mechanisms by which Runx represses target gene expression. This article was published in Oncogene and referenced in Journal of Clinical & Experimental Cardiology

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