Hua-Lin Zhou

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The molecular mechanisms through which alternative splicing and histone modifications regulate gene expression are now understood in considerable detail. Here, we discuss recent studies that connect these two previously separate avenues of investigation, beginning with the unexpected discoveries that nucleosomes are preferentially positioned over exons and(More)
Precise and robust regulation of alternative splicing provides cells with an essential means of gene expression control. However, the mechanisms that ensure the tight control of tissue-specific alternative splicing are not well understood. It has been demonstrated that robust regulation often results from the contributions of multiple factors to one(More)
Recent studies have provided strong evidence for a regulatory link among chromatin structure, histone modification, and splicing regulation. However, it is largely unknown how local histone modification patterns surrounding alternative exons are connected to differential alternative splicing outcomes. Here we show that splicing regulator Hu proteins can(More)
A recent genome-wide bioinformatic analysis indicated that 54% of human genes undergo alternative polyadenylation. Although it is clear that differential selection of poly(A) sites can alter gene expression, resulting in significant biological consequences, the mechanisms that regulate polyadenylation are poorly understood. Here we report that the(More)
Although multiple regulatory elements and protein factors are known to regulate the non-neuronal pathway of alternative processing of the calcitonin/calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) pre-mRNA, the mechanisms controlling the neuron-specific pathway have remained elusive. Here we report the identification of Fox-1 and Fox-2 proteins as novel regulators(More)
The assembly and disassembly of ribonucleoproteins (RNPs) are dynamic processes that control every step of RNA metabolism, including mRNA stability. However, our knowledge of how RNP remodeling is achieved is largely limited to RNA helicase functions. Here, we report a previously unknown mechanism that implicates the ATPase p97, a protein-remodeling(More)
The four Hu [embryonic lethal abnormal vision-like (ELAVL)] protein family members regulate alternative splicing by binding to U-rich sequences surrounding target exons and affecting the interaction of the splicing machinery and/or local chromatin modifications. Each of the Hu proteins contains a divergent N-terminus, three highly conserved RNA recognition(More)
Ribonucleoprotein (RNP) complexes play essential roles in gene expression. Their assembly and disassembly control the fate of mRNA molecules. Here, we describe a method that examines the remodeling and disassembly of RNPs. One unique aspect of this method is that the RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) of interest are produced in HeLa cells with or without the(More)
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