Epigenetics and Chromatin pp 183-206

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Developmental Regulation of the β-Globin Gene Locus

  • Lyubomira Chakalova
  • David Carter
  • Emmanuel Debrand
  • Beatriz Goyenechea
  • Alice Horton
  • Joanne Miles
  • Cameron Osborne
  • Peter Fraser

Abstract

The β-globin genes have become a classical model for studying regulation of gene expression. Wide-ranging studies have revealed multiple levels of epigenetic regulation that coordinately ensure a highly specialised, tissue- and stage-specific gene transcription pattern. Key players include cis-acting elements involved in establishing and maintaining specific chromatin conformations and histone modification patterns, elements engaged in the transcription process through long-range regulatory interactions, trans-acting general and tissue-specific factors. On a larger scale, molecular events occurring at the locus level take place in the context of a highly dynamic nucleus as part of the cellular epigenetic programme.

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  • Lyubomira Chakalova
    • 1
  • David Carter
    • 1
  • Emmanuel Debrand
    • 1
  • Beatriz Goyenechea
    • 1
  • Alice Horton
    • 1
  • Joanne Miles
    • 1
  • Cameron Osborne
    • 1
  • Peter Fraser
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Chromatin and Gene ExpressionThe Babraham InstituteCambridgeUK

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