The world's first wiki where authorship really matters (Nature Genetics, 2008). Due credit and reputation for authors. Imagine a global collaborative knowledge base for original thoughts. Search thousands of articles and collaborate with scientists around the globe.

wikigene or wiki gene protein drug chemical gene disease author authorship tracking collaborative publishing evolutionary knowledge reputation system wiki2.0 global collaboration genes proteins drugs chemicals diseases compound
Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Characterization of the Wtm proteins, a novel family of Saccharomyces cerevisiae transcriptional modulators with roles in meiotic regulation and silencing.

Transcription is regulated by the complex interplay of repressors and activators. Much of this regulation is carried out by, in addition to gene-specific factors, complexes of more general transcriptional modulators. Here we present the characterization of a novel family of transcriptional regulators in yeast. Wtm1p (WD repeat-containing transcriptional modulator) was identified as a protein present in a large nuclear complex. This protein has two homologs, Wtm2p and Wtm3p, which probably arose by gene duplications. Deletion of these genes affects transcriptional repression at several loci, including derepression of IME2, a meiotic gene normally repressed in haploid cells. Targeting of these proteins to DNA resulted in a dramatic repression of activated transcription. In common with a mutation in the histone deacetylase RPD3, wtm mutants showed increased repression at the silent mating-type locus, HMR, and at telomeres. Although all three Wtm proteins could act as transcriptional repressors, Wtm3p, which is the least homologous, appeared to have functions separate from those of the other two. Wtm3p did not appear to be complexed with the other two proteins, was essential for IME2 repression, and could not efficiently repress transcription in the absence of the other Wtm proteins. These data suggested that Wtm1p and Wtm2p are repressors and that Wtm3p has different effects on transcription at different loci.[1]


WikiGenes - Universities