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Genes 2012, 3(2), 320-343; doi:10.3390/genes3020320

The Role of Bromodomain Proteins in Regulating Gene Expression

Department of Medicine, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, The University of Melbourne, Australia
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Received: 30 April 2012 / Revised: 11 May 2012 / Accepted: 17 May 2012 / Published: 29 May 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Feature Paper 2012)
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Abstract

Histone modifications are important in regulating gene expression in eukaryotes. Of the numerous histone modifications which have been identified, acetylation is one of the best characterised and is generally associated with active genes. Histone acetylation can directly affect chromatin structure by neutralising charges on the histone tail, and can also function as a binding site for proteins which can directly or indirectly regulate transcription. Bromodomains specifically bind to acetylated lysine residues on histone tails, and bromodomain proteins play an important role in anchoring the complexes of which they are a part to acetylated chromatin. Bromodomain proteins are involved in a diverse range of functions, such as acetylating histones, remodeling chromatin, and recruiting other factors necessary for transcription. These proteins thus play a critical role in the regulation of transcription.
Keywords: bromodomain; histone acetylation; histone modifications; histone code; epigenetics bromodomain; histone acetylation; histone modifications; histone code; epigenetics
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Josling, G.A.; Selvarajah, S.A.; Petter, M.; Duffy, M.F. The Role of Bromodomain Proteins in Regulating Gene Expression. Genes 2012, 3, 320-343.

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