Different Polycomb group complexes regulate common target genes in Arabidopsis

Grigory Makarevich, Olivier Leroy, Umut Akinci, Daniel Schubert, Oliver Clarenz, Justin Goodrich, Ueli Grossniklaus, Claudia Koehler

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Polycomb group ( PcG) proteins convey epigenetic inheritance of repressed transcriptional states. Although the mechanism of the action of PcG is not completely understood, methylation of histone H3 lysine 27 ( H3K27) is important in establishing PcG- mediated transcriptional repression. We show that the plant PcG target gene PHERES1 is regulated by histone trimethylation on H3K27 residues mediated by at least two different PcG complexes in plants, containing the SET domain proteins MEDEA or CURLY LEAF/ SWINGER. Furthermore, we identify FUSCA3 as a potential PcG target gene and show that FUSCA3 is regulated by MEDEA and CURLY LEAF/ SWINGER. We propose that different PcG complexes regulate a common set of target genes during the different stages of plant development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)947-952
Number of pages6
JournalEMBO Reports
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2006


  • Polycomb group proteins
  • histone methylation

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