Hsp70 gene association with nuclear speckles is Hsp70 promoter specific

Yan Hu, Matt Plutz, Andrew S. Belmont

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Many mammalian genes localize near nuclear speckles, nuclear bodies enriched in ribonucleic acid-processing factors. In this paper, we dissect cis-elements required for nuclear speckle association of the heat shock protein 70 (Hsp70) locus. We show that speckle association is a general property of Hsp70 bacterial artificial chromosome transgenes, independent of the chromosome integration site, and can be recapitulated using a 2.8-kilobase HSPA1A gene fragment. Association of Hsp70 transgenes and their transcripts with nuclear speckles is transcription dependent, independent of the transcribed sequence identity, but dependent on the Hsp70 promoter sequence. Transgene speckle association does not correlate with the amount of transcript accumulation, with large transgene arrays driven by different promoters showing no speckle association, but smaller Hsp70 transgene arrays with lower transcript accumulation showing high speckle association. Moreover, despite similar levels of transcript accumulation, Hsp70 transgene speckle association is observed after heat shock but not cadmium treatment. We suggest that certain promoters may direct specific chromatin and/or transcript ribonucleoprotein modifications, leading to nuclear speckle association.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)711-719
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Cell Biology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 15 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology

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