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Measurement of histone replacement dynamics with genetically encoded exchange timers in yeast

, Felix Jonas,
Published: 8 July 2021

Abstract: Histone exchange between histones carrying position-specific marks and histones bearing general marks is important for gene regulation, but understanding of histone exchange remains incomplete. To overcome the poor time resolution of conventional pulse–chase histone labeling, we present a genetically encoded histone exchange timer sensitive to the duration that two tagged histone subunits co-reside at an individual genomic locus. We apply these sensors to map genome-wide patterns of histone exchange in yeast using single samples. Comparing H3 exchange in cycling and G1-arrested cells suggests that replication-independent H3 exchange occurs at several hundred nucleosomes (<1% of all nucleosomes) per minute, with a maximal rate at histone promoters. We observed substantial differences between the two nucleosome core subcomplexes: H2A-H2B subcomplexes undergo rapid transcription-dependent replacement within coding regions, whereas H3-H4 replacement occurs predominantly within promoter nucleosomes, in association with gene activation or repression. Our timers allow the in vivo study of histone exchange dynamics with minute time scale resolution. The dynamics of histone exchange are measured with genetically encoded timers.
Keywords: Epigenomics / Histone analysis / Systems analysis / Life Sciences / general / Biotechnology / Biomedicine / Agriculture / Biomedical Engineering/Biotechnology / Bioinformatics

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