Benjamin J.E. Martin

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Histone H3 lysine 4 trimethylation (H3K4me3) is a hallmark of transcription initiation, but how H3K4me3 is demethylated during gene repression is poorly understood. Jhd2, a JmjC domain protein, was recently identified as the major H3K4me3 histone demethylase (HDM) in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Although JHD2 is required for removal of methylation upon gene(More)
Histones are among the most conserved proteins known, but organismal differences do exist. In this study, we examined the contribution that divergent amino acids within histone H3 make to cell growth and chromatin structure in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. We show that, while amino acids that define histone H3.3 are dispensable for yeast growth, substitution of(More)
Histone H3 lysine 36 methylation is a ubiquitous hallmark of productive transcription elongation. Despite the prevalence of this histone posttranslational modification, however, the downstream functions triggered by this mark are not well understood. In this study, we showed that H3K36 methylation promoted the chromatin interaction of the Isw1b(More)
Histone post-translational modifications (PTMs) alter chromatin structure by promoting the interaction of chromatin-modifying complexes with nucleosomes. The majority of chromatin-modifying complexes contain multiple domains that preferentially interact with modified histones, leading to speculation that these domains function in concert to target(More)
Linker histones play a fundamental role in shaping chromatin structure, but how their interaction with chromatin is regulated is not well understood. In this study, we used a combination of genetic and genomic approaches to explore the regulation of linker histone binding in the yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae We found that increased expression of Hho1, the(More)
Running title: Divergent amino acids dictate chromatin structure. Abstract Histones are among the most conserved proteins known, but organismal differences do exist. In this study we examined the contribution that divergent amino acids within histone H3 make to cell growth and chromatin structure in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. We show that, while amino acids(More)
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