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Park, Y., Mengus, G., Bai, X., Kageyama, Y., Meller, V.H., Becker, P.B., Kuroda, M.I. (2003). Sequence-specific targeting of Drosophila roX genes by the MSL dosage compensation complex.  Mol. Cell 11(4): 977--986.
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FBrf0159209
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Research paper
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MSL complexes bind the single male X chromosome in Drosophila to increase transcription approximately 2-fold. Complexes contain at least five proteins and two noncoding RNAs, roX1 and roX2. The mechanism of X chromosome binding is not known. Here, we identify a 110 bp sequence in roX2 characterized by high-affinity MSL binding, male-specific DNase I hypersensitivity, a shared consensus with the otherwise dissimilar roX1 gene, and conservation across species. Mutagenesis of evolutionarily conserved sequences diminishes MSL binding in vivo. MSL binding to these sites is roX RNA dependent, suggesting that complexes become competent for binding only after incorporation of roX RNAs. However, the roX RNA segments homologous to the DNA binding sites are not required, ruling out simple RNA-DNA complementarity as the primary targeting mechanism. Our results are consistent with a model in which nascent roX RNA assembly with MSL proteins is an early step in the initiation of dosage compensation.
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    Language of Publication
    English
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    Abbreviation
    Mol. Cell
    Title
    Molecular Cell
    Publication Year
    1997-
    ISBN/ISSN
    1097-2765 1097-4164
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