Molecular Biology

, Volume 49, Issue 6, pp 810–817 | Cite as

Poised RNA polymerase II and master regulation in Metazoa

  • K. N. KashkinEmail author
  • E. D. Sverdlov


In this review, we discuss mechanisms of the transcription pausing of RNA polymerase II and its poised state. The important features of poised promoters and chromatin are briefly described. The role of transcription pausing as a discrete and important stage in the regulation of expression of master genes, which control stem-cell differentiation, cell lineage and development in Metazoa, are discussed.


RNA polymerase II transcription promoter chromatin master regulation 



RNA polymerase II


transcription start site


embryonic stem cells


C-terminal domain of RNA polymerase II


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Shemyakin-Ovchinnikov Institute of Bioorganic ChemistryRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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