Charles M Chau

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Transcription factor nuclear respiratory factor 1 (NRF-1) was originally identified as an activator of the cytochrome c gene and subsequently found to stimulate transcription through specific sites in other nuclear genes whose products function in the mitochondria. These include subunits of the cytochrome oxidase and reductase complexes and a component of(More)
Epstein Barr virus (EBV) can establish distinct latency types with different growth-transforming properties. Type I latency and type III latency can be distinguished by the expression of EBNA2, which has been shown to be regulated, in part, by the EBNA1-dependent enhancer activity of the origin of replication (OriP). Here, we report that CTCF, a chromatin(More)
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) escapes host immunity by the reversible and epigenetic silencing of immunogenic viral genes. We previously presented evidence that a dynamic chromatin domain, which we have referred to as the latency control region (LCR), contributes to the reversible repression of EBNA2 and LMP1 gene transcription. We now explore the protein-DNA(More)
The Epstein-Barr virus C promoter (Cp) regulates the major multicistronic transcript encoding the EBNA-LP, 1, 2, and 3 genes required for B-cell proliferation during latency. The growth-transforming potential of these viral genes suggests that they must be tightly regulated with the host cell cycle and differentiation process. To better understand Cp(More)
Selection and licensing of mammalian DNA replication origins may be regulated by epigenetic changes in chromatin structure. The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) origin of plasmid replication (OriP) uses the cellular licensing machinery to regulate replication during latent infection of human cells. We found that the minimal replicator sequence of OriP, referred to(More)
The oncogenic potential of latent Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) can be regulated by epigenetic factors controlling LMP1 and EBNA2 gene transcription. The EBV latency control region (LCR) constitutes approximately 12 kb of viral sequence spanning the divergent promoters of LMP1 and EBNA2 and encompasses the EBV latent replication origin OriP and RNA polymerase(More)
Efficient duplication of the eukaryotic genome requires the spatial and temporal coordination of numerous replication origins on each chromosome. Epigenetic factors, like chromatin environment, can have profound effects on origin site selection, utilization frequency, and cell cycle firing time. Precisely how chromatin contributes to origin site selection(More)
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