RNA-dependent chromatin targeting of TET2 for endogenous retrovirus control in pluripotent stem cells

Diana Guallar, Xianju Bi, Jose Angel Pardavila, Xin Huang, Carmen Saenz, Xianle Shi, Hongwei Zhou, Francesco Faiola, Junjun Ding, Phensinee Haruehanroengra, Fan Yang, Dan Li, Carlos Sanchez-Priego, Arven Saunders, Feng Pan, Victor Julian Valdes, Kevin Kelley, Miguel G. Blanco, Lingyi Chen, Huayan WangJia Sheng, Mingjiang Xu, Miguel Fidalgo, Xiaohua Shen, Jianlong Wang

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Abstract

Ten-eleven translocation (TET) proteins play key roles in the regulation of DNA-methylation status by oxidizing 5-methylcytosine (5mC) to generate 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC), which can both serve as a stable epigenetic mark and participate in active demethylation. Unlike the other members of the TET family, TET2 does not contain a DNA-binding domain, and it remains unclear how it is recruited to chromatin. Here we show that TET2 is recruited by the RNA-binding protein Paraspeckle component 1 (PSPC1) through transcriptionally active loci, including endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) whose long terminal repeats (LTRs) have been co-opted by mammalian genomes as stage- and tissue-specific transcriptional regulatory modules. We found that PSPC1 and TET2 contribute to ERVL and ERVL-associated gene regulation by both transcriptional repression via histone deacetylases and post-transcriptional destabilization of RNAs through 5hmC modification. Our findings provide evidence for a functional role of transcriptionally active ERVs as specific docking sites for RNA epigenetic modulation and gene regulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)443-451
Number of pages9
JournalNature genetics
Volume50
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics

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