Reference: Ha N, et al. (2000) Fusions with histone H3 result in highly specific alteration of gene expression. Nucleic Acids Res 28(4):1026-35

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Hap1 is a yeast transcriptional activator which controls expression of genes such as CYC1 and CYC7. Our results show that Hap1 activity is dependent on a functional chromatin remodeling complex SWI/SNF. Using a modified two-hybrid screen with Hap1 as bait, we recovered expression vectors encoding the Gal4 activation domain fused to histone H3 [Gal4(AD)-H3]. Hap1 activity at CYC1 or CYC7 was increased by Gal4(AD)-H3 and the effect was dependent on the presence of the activation domain of Hap1 and a functional SWI complex. Importantly, overexpression of H3 alone had no effect on Hap1 activity. Analysis of Gal4(AD)-H3 revealed that the fusion is not incorporated into the nucleosome while a functional Gal4 activation domain is dispensable. Activity of many other transcriptional activators was unchanged or slightly affected in the presence of Gal4(AD)-H3. Thus, our results identify a new class of histone H3 variants that cause highly specific alteration of gene expression. Hap1 may interact directly with H3 favoring chromatin remodeling by the SWI/SNF complex.

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Ha N, Hellauer K, Turcotte B
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