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    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    A team of heterochromatin factors collaborates with small RNA pathways to combat repetitive elements and germline stress

    Alicia N McMurchy et al.
    Genome-wide profiling and functional analyses reveal a network of heterochromatin and small RNA factors that silences repetitive elements and prevents genotoxic stress to ensure fertility.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    The preRC protein ORCA organizes heterochromatin by assembling histone H3 lysine 9 methyltransferases on chromatin

    Sumanprava Giri et al.
    Origin recognition complex-associated (ORCA) is crucial for the stability of the Histone H3 lysine 9 methyltransferase megacomplex, which is essential for heterochromatin organization.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Impact of nucleic acid and methylated H3K9 binding activities of Suv39h1 on its heterochromatin assembly

    Atsuko Shirai et al.
    Suv39h1 chromodomain possesses nucleic acid-binding activity and this activity is coupled with its H3K9 methylation recognition in assembling heterochromatin.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Noncoding RNA-nucleated heterochromatin spreading is intrinsically labile and requires accessory elements for epigenetic stability

    R A Greenstein et al.
    Heterochromatin spreading in fission yeast predominantly produces intergenerationally unstable outcomes, requiring an accessory element that represses histone turnover.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Plant Biology

    Long non-coding RNA produced by RNA polymerase V determines boundaries of heterochromatin

    Gudrun Böhmdorfer et al.
    Genome-wide identification of long non-coding RNAs produced by RNA Polymerase V identifies their role in heterochromatin maintenance on the boundaries of repressed regions.
    1. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    Ovaries absent links dLsd1 to HP1a for local H3K4 demethylation required for heterochromatic gene silencing

    Fu Yang et al.
    A Drosophila fertility gene is identified that acts as a linker between HP1a and local H3K4 demethylation during HP1a-mediated gene silencing that is required for ovary development and transposon silencing..
    1. Cell Biology

    The cell proliferation antigen Ki-67 organises heterochromatin

    Michal Sobecki et al.
    Antigen Ki-67, which is widely used as a cell proliferation marker, controls heterochromatin organisation and gene expression.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Innovation of heterochromatin functions drives rapid evolution of essential ZAD-ZNF genes in Drosophila

    Bhavatharini Kasinathan et al.
    Heterochromatic sequences evolve rapidly, as do ZAD-ZNF genes-encoding proteins involved in heterochromatin functions, explaining why evolutionarily dynamic ZAD-ZNF genes are more likely to be essential in Drosophila.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    H3K9me2 orchestrates inheritance of spatial positioning of peripheral heterochromatin through mitosis

    Andrey Poleshko et al.
    The histone modification H3K9me2 marks peripheral heterochromatin and ensures positional information is safeguarded through cell division such that individual lamina-associated domains are re-established at the nuclear periphery in daughter nuclei.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    RNA-dependent stabilization of SUV39H1 at constitutive heterochromatin

    Whitney L Johnson et al.
    SUV39H1 histone methyltransferase directly binds chromosome associated RNA to promote constitutive heterochromatin formation.