This subproject is one of many research subprojects utilizing the resources provided by a Center grant funded by NIH/NCRR. Primary support for the subproject and the subproject's principal investigator may have been provided by other sources, including other NIH sources. The Total Cost listed for the subproject likely represents the estimated amount of Center infrastructure utilized by the subproject, not direct funding provided by the NCRR grant to the subproject or subproject staff. A complex problem for every eukaryotic organism is how to regulate the process of chromatin remodeling, a critical function to mediate DNA accessibility throughout the genome. Using the UCSF Mass Spec Facility, we have found that Rsc4, an essential sub unit of the RSC remodeling complex, is acetylated, by Gcn5, on K25 at its N-terminus. Purification of RSC under standard growth conditions suggests that most of Rsc4 is acetylated. In vitro comparisons of WT and mutant (K25R) RSC complexes reveal similar capabilities to remodel nucleosomes, bind DNA, and recognize acetylation. Since acetylation does not appear to alter the enzymatic properties of RSC, we are taking several in vivo approaches to understand the biological processes in which acetylation is important and to understand the functional consequences of the acetylation. Specifically, we will use mass spectrometry to identify conditions where acetylation is regulated and, combined with genetic mutations, identify the genes responsible for this regulation. These studies are the first to characterize the function of acetylation in the context of a chromatin remodeling complex.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Type
Biotechnology Resource Grants (P41)
Project #
5P41RR001614-29
Application #
8363797
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRG1-BCMB-M (40))
Project Start
2011-06-01
Project End
2012-05-31
Budget Start
2011-06-01
Budget End
2012-05-31
Support Year
29
Fiscal Year
2011
Total Cost
$17
Indirect Cost
Name
University of California San Francisco
Department
Pharmacology
Type
Schools of Pharmacy
DUNS #
094878337
City
San Francisco
State
CA
Country
United States
Zip Code
94143
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