Manuel Zocco

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RNAi is a conserved mechanism in which small RNAs induce silencing of complementary targets. We have previously identified priRNAs, a class of Dicer-independent small RNAs in fission yeast. The mechanism by which Dicer-independent small RNAs are generated is not well understood in any species. Here we reconstitute the final steps of priRNA and siRNA(More)
Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) play a conserved role in regulating gene expression, chromatin dynamics, and cell differentiation. They serve as a platform for RNA interference (RNAi)-mediated heterochromatin formation or DNA methylation in many eukaryotic organisms. We found in Schizosaccharomyces pombe that heterochromatin is lost at transcribed regions in(More)
To maintain genome stability, cells pack large portions of their genome into silent chromatin or heterochromatin. Histone H3 lysine 9 methylation, a hallmark of heterochromatin, is recognized by conserved readers called chromodomains. But how chromodomains interact with their actual binding partner, the H3K9 methylated nucleosome, remains elusive. We have(More)
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