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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    DNA methylation presents distinct binding sites for human transcription factors

    Shaohui Hu et al.
    A comprehensive study of human transcription factors reveals that a greater number of these proteins bind to methylated DNA sequences than previously thought.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Conversion of random X-inactivation to imprinted X-inactivation by maternal PRC2

    Clair Harris et al.
    The PRC2 Polycomb complex made in the mouse oocyte prevents transcriptional inactivation of the maternal X-chromosome in the early embryo.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Antagonistic interaction between Ezh2 and Arid1a coordinates root patterning and development via Cdkn2a in mouse molars

    Junjun Jing et al.
    Ezh2 and Arid1a oppose each other to control expression of Cdkn2a to coordinate tooth furcation development and ultimately determine the number of roots in mouse molars.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Stochastic tuning of gene expression enables cellular adaptation in the absence of pre-existing regulatory circuitry

    Peter L Freddolino et al.
    Stochastic tuning of gene expression could be a common mechanism through which eukaryotic cells adapt to challenging external environments, potentially including survival of infectious organisms within the host and adaptation of cancer cells to chemotherapy.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    Localized epigenetic silencing of a damage-activated WNT enhancer limits regeneration in mature Drosophila imaginal discs

    Robin E Harris et al.
    Localized silencing of damage-responsive enhancers can block regenerative growth while permitting those same genes to be used for normal development.
    1. Genetics and Genomics

    Passive and active DNA methylation and the interplay with genetic variation in gene regulation

    Maria Gutierrez-Arcelus et al.
    Detailed analysis of umbilical cord cells shows that the associations between DNA methylation, gene expression and genetic variation are complex and context-dependent.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Cell-specific exon methylation and CTCF binding in neurons regulate calcium ion channel splicing and function

    Eduardo Javier López Soto, Diane Lipscombe
    Cell-specific alternative splicing of the synaptic calcium channel gene Cacna1b is controlled by exon hypomethylation and CTCF binding and is disrupted following nerve injury.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Plant Biology

    POWERDRESS interacts with HISTONE DEACETYLASE 9 to promote aging in Arabidopsis

    Xiangsong Chen et al.
    Genetic and biochemical studies reveal how a histone deacetylase acts together with other chromatin regulators to promote the onset of plant aging.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Maternal LSD1/KDM1A is an essential regulator of chromatin and transcription landscapes during zygotic genome activation

    Katia Ancelin et al.
    The maternally provided histone demethylase LSD1/KDM1A has an instrumental role at the beginning of life, shaping the histone methylation landscape and the transcriptional repertoire of the early mouse embryo.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    High-resolution and high-accuracy topographic and transcriptional maps of the nucleosome barrier

    Zhijie Chen et al.
    Direct observation of RNA Polymerase II transcription through a single nucleosome at near basepair resolution suggests a mechanism for selective control of gene expression.