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Specific Acetylation Patterns of H2A.Z Form Transient Interactions with the BPTF Bromodomain

Specific Acetylation Patterns of H2A.Z Form Transient Interactions with the BPTF Bromodomain
Peter D. Ycas, Gabriella T. Perell, Babu Sudhamalla, Kabirul Islam, Neeraj K. Mishra, William C. K. Pomerantz
Post-translational lysine acetylation of histone tails affects both chromatin accessibility and recruitment of multifunctional bromodomain-containing proteins for modulating transcription. The bromodomain- and PHD finger-containing transcription factor (BPTF) regulates transcription but has also been implicated in high gene expression levels in a variety of cancers. In this report, the histone variant H2A.Z, which replaces H2A in chromatin, is evaluated for its affinity for BPTF with a specific recognition pattern of acetylated lysine residues of the N-terminal tail region. Although BPTF immunoprecipitates H2A.Z-containing nucleosomes, a direct interaction with its bromodomain has not been reported. Using protein-observed fluorine nuclear magnetic resonance (PrOF NMR) spectroscopy, we identified a diacetylation of H2A.Z on lysine residues 4 and 11, with the highest affinity for BPTF with a Kd of 780 μM. A combination of subsequent 1H NMR Carr–Purcell–Meiboom–Gill experiments and photo-cross-linking further confirmed the specificity of the diacetylation pattern at lysines 4 and 11. Because of an adjacent PHD domain, this transient interaction may contribute to a higher-affinity bivalent interaction. Further evaluation of specificity toward a set of bromodomains, including two BET bromodomains (Brd4 and BrdT) and two Plasmodium falciparum bromodomains, resulted in one midmicromolar affinity binder, PfGCN5 (Kd = 650 μM). With these biochemical experiments, we have identified a direct interaction of histone H2A.Z with bromodomains with a specific acetylation pattern that further supports the role of H2A.Z in epigenetic regulation.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.biochem.7b00648

DOI: 10.1021/acs.biochem.7b00648

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