An RNA polymerase II-and AGO4-associated protein acts in RNA-directed DNA methylation
Lorkovic, Zdravko J.
Matzke, Antonius J.
Pikaard, Craig S.
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Center for Desert Agriculture
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Plant Stress Genomics Research Lab
Online Publication Date2010-04-21
Print Publication Date2010-05
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AbstractDNA methylation is an important epigenetic mark in many eukaryotes. In plants, 24-nucleotide small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) bound to the effector protein, Argonaute 4 (AGO4), can direct de novo DNA methylation by the methyltransferase DRM2 (refs 2, 4-6). Here we report a new regulator of RNA-directed DNA methylation (RdDM) in Arabidopsis: RDM1. Loss-of-function mutations in the RDM1 gene impair the accumulation of 24-nucleotide siRNAs, reduce DNA methylation, and release transcriptional gene silencing at RdDM target loci. RDM1 encodes a small protein that seems to bind single-stranded methyl DNA, and associates and co-localizes with RNA polymerase II (Pol II, also known as NRPB), AGO4 and DRM2 in the nucleus. Our results indicate that RDM1 is a component of the RdDM effector complex and may have a role in linking siRNA production with pre-existing or de novo cytosine methylation. Our results also indicate that, although RDM1 and Pol V (also known as NRPE) may function together at some RdDM target sites in the peri-nucleolar siRNA processing centre, Pol II rather than Pol V is associated with the RdDM effector complex at target sites in the nucleoplasm. © 2010 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.
CitationGao Z, Liu H-L, Daxinger L, Pontes O, He X, et al. (2010) An RNA polymerase II- and AGO4-associated protein acts in RNA-directed DNA methylation. Nature 465: 106-109. doi:10.1038/nature09025.
PubMed Central IDPMC2865564
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- Issue date: 2014
- A protein complex required for polymerase V transcripts and RNA- directed DNA methylation in Arabidopsis.
- Authors: Law JA, Ausin I, Johnson LM, Vashisht AA, Zhu JK, Wohlschlegel JA, Jacobsen SE
- Issue date: 2010 May 25
- AGO4 is specifically required for heterochromatic siRNA accumulation at Pol V-dependent loci in Arabidopsis thaliana.
- Authors: Wang F, Axtell MJ
- Issue date: 2017 Apr
- DTF1 is a core component of RNA-directed DNA methylation and may assist in the recruitment of Pol IV.
- Authors: Zhang H, Ma ZY, Zeng L, Tanaka K, Zhang CJ, Ma J, Bai G, Wang P, Zhang SW, Liu ZW, Cai T, Tang K, Liu R, Shi X, He XJ, Zhu JK
- Issue date: 2013 May 14
- NRPD4, a protein related to the RPB4 subunit of RNA polymerase II, is a component of RNA polymerases IV and V and is required for RNA-directed DNA methylation.
- Authors: He XJ, Hsu YF, Pontes O, Zhu J, Lu J, Bressan RA, Pikaard C, Wang CS, Zhu JK
- Issue date: 2009 Feb 1
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