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FEBS Lett. 1992 Nov 2;312(1):21-6.

Protein phosphorylation is involved in the regulation of chromatin condensation during interphase.

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  • 1Department of Biochemistry, The University, Dundee, Scotland, UK.


Loci affecting the condensation state of interphase chromatin have been previously identified from analysis of suppression and enhancement of position effect variegation (PEV) in Drosophila. Here we show that Su-var(3)6 and an allelic mutant, e078, which both show suppression of PEV in the heterozygous state, have point mutations (Gly220-->Ser and Gly220-->Asp, respectively) in a protein phosphatase 1 catalytic subunit located at 87B (PP1 87B). The mutated glycine is conserved in all known protein serine/threonine phosphatases in the same gene family, and its substitution decreases PP1 activity. We conclude that protein dephosphorylation by PP1 87B regulates the condensation state of chromatin during interphase.

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