Arabidopsis ATRX Modulates H3.3 Occupancy and Fine-Tunes Gene Expression

Céline Duc, Matthias Benoit, Gwénaëlle Détourné, Lauriane Simon, Axel Poulet, Matthieu Jung, Alaguraj Veluchamy, David Latrasse, Samuel Le Goff, Sylviane Cotterell, Christophe Tatout, Moussa Benhamed, Aline V. Probst

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Abstract

Histones are essential components of the nucleosome, the major chromatin subunit that structures linear DNA molecules and regulates access of other proteins to DNA. Specific histone chaperone complexes control the correct deposition of canonical histones and their variants to modulate nucleosome structure and stability. In this study, we characterize the Arabidopsis Alpha Thalassemia-mental Retardation X-linked (ATRX) ortholog and show that ATRX is involved in histone H3 deposition. Arabidopsis ATRX mutant alleles are viable, but show developmental defects and reduced fertility. Their combination with mutants of the histone H3.3 chaperone HIRA (Histone Regulator A) results in impaired plant survival, suggesting that HIRA and ATRX function in complementary histone deposition pathways. Indeed, ATRX loss of function alters cellular histone H3.3 pools and in consequence modulates the H3.1/H3.3 balance in the cell. H3.3 levels are affected especially at genes characterized by elevated H3.3 occupancy, including the 45S ribosomal DNA (45S rDNA) loci, where loss of ATRX results in altered expression of specific 45S rDNA sequence variants. At the genome-wide scale, our data indicate that ATRX modifies gene expression concomitantly to H3.3 deposition at a set of genes characterized both by elevated H3.3 occupancy and high expression. Altogether, our results show that ATRX is involved in H3.3 deposition and emphasize the role of histone chaperones in adjusting genome expression.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1773-1793
Number of pages21
JournalThe Plant Cell
Volume29
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 6 2017

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