Tamara Y. Erkina

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Chromatin remodeling at promoters of activated genes spans from mild histone modifications to outright displacement of nucleosomes in trans. Factors affecting these events are not always clear. Our results indicate that histone H3 acetylation associated with histone displacement differs drastically even between promoters of such closely related heat shock(More)
Chromatin remodeling is an essential part of transcription initiation. We show that at heat shock gene promoters functional interactions between individual ATP-dependent chromatin remodeling complexes play critical role in both nucleosome displacement and Pol II recruitment. Using HSP12, HSP82 and SSA4 gene promoters as reporters, we demonstrated that while(More)
The stress response in yeast cells is regulated by at least two classes of transcription activators-HSF and Msn2/4, which differentially affect promoter chromatin remodeling. We demonstrate that the deletion of SNF2, an ATPase activity-containing subunit of the chromatin remodeling SWI/SNF complex, eliminates histone displacement, RNA polymerase II(More)
After more than three decades since the discovery of transcription activation domains (ADs) in gene-specific activators, the mechanism of their function remains enigmatic. The widely accepted model of direct recruitment by ADs of co-activators and basal transcriptional machinery components, however, is not always compatible with the short size yet very high(More)
Investigation of DNA-protein interactions is a key approach in understanding mechanisms of gene regulation. The method described allows detection of dynamic DNA-protein interactions occurring at gene promoters in living cells during the time scale of seconds and minutes. The combination of chromatin immunoprecipitation with real-time PCR allows for(More)
Histone chaperones are an integral part of the transcription regulatory machinery. We investigated the involvement of histone chaperones and their functional interactions with ATP-dependent chromatin remodeling complexes in the regulation of yeast heat shock genes. Strong functional interaction between the histone chaperone ASF1 and the ATP-dependent(More)
Cell response to stress at the transcriptional level is characterized by the rapid expression of a large set of heat shock genes. In yeast S. cerevisiae, this gene activation is determined by activators of two types, i.e., HSF and partially redundant Msn2 and Msn4. While mechanisms of HSF activation were relatively well established during the last decade,(More)
Development of novel anti-cancer drug leads that target regulators of protein homeostasis is a formidable task in modern pharmacology. Finding specific inhibitors of human Heat Shock Factor 1 (hHSF1) has proven to be a challenging task, while screening for inhibitors of human Heat Shock Factor 2 (hHSF2) has never been described. We report the development of(More)
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