Pivotal roles of PCNA loading and unloading in heterochromatin function

Ryan Janke, Grant A. King, Martin Kupiec, Jasper Rine

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In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, heterochromatin structures required for transcriptional silencing of the HML and HMR loci are duplicated in coordination with passing DNA replication forks. Despite major reorganization of chromatin structure, the heterochromatic, transcriptionally silent states of HML and HMR are successfully maintained throughout S-phase. Mutations of specific components of the replisome diminish the capacity to maintain silencing of HML and HMR through replication. Similarly, mutations in histone chaperones involved in replication-coupled nucleosome assembly reduce gene silencing. Bridging these observations, we determined that the proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) unloading activity of Elg1 was important for coordinating DNA replication forks with the process of replication-coupled nucleosome assembly to maintain silencing of HML and HMR through S-phase. Collectively, these data identified a mechanism by which chromatin reassembly is coordinated with DNA replication to maintain silencing through S-phase.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E2030-E2039
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number9
StatePublished - 27 Feb 2018


  • CAF-1
  • Elg1
  • Heterochromatin
  • Nucleosome assembly
  • PCNA


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