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Title

The JIL-1 kinase affects telomere expression in the different telomere domains of Drosophila

AuthorsSilva-Sousa, Rute ; Casacuberta, Elena
Issue Date14-Nov-2013
PublisherPublic Library of Science
CitationPLoS ONE 8(11): e81543 (2013)
AbstractIn Drosophila, the non-LTR retrotransposons HeT-A, TART and TAHRE build a head-to-tail array of repetitions that constitute the telomere domain by targeted transposition at the end of the chromosome whenever needed. As a consequence, Drosophila telomeres have the peculiarity to harbor the genes in charge of telomere elongation. Understanding telomere expression is important in Drosophila since telomere homeostasis depends in part on the expression of this genomic compartment. We have recently shown that the essential kinase JIL-1 is the first positive regulator of the telomere retrotransposons. JIL-1 mediates chromatin changes at the promoter of the HeT-A retrotransposon that are necessary to obtain wild type levels of expression of these telomere transposons. With the present study, we show how JIL-1 is also needed for the expression of a reporter gene embedded in the telomere domain. Our analysis, using different reporter lines from the telomere and subtelomere domains of different chromosomes, indicates that JIL-1 likely acts protecting the telomere domain from the spreading of repressive chromatin from the adjacent subtelomere domain. Moreover, the analysis of the 4R telomere suggests a slightly different chromatin structure at this telomere. In summary, our results strongly suggest that the action of JIL-1 depends on which telomere domain, which chromosome and which promoter is embedded in the telomere chromatin. © 2013 Silva-Sousa, Casacuberta.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0081543
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/115792
DOI10.1371/journal.pone.0081543
Identifiersdoi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0081543
issn: 1932-6203
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