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Reproduction. 2018 Sep;156(3):195-206. doi: 10.1530/REP-18-0046. Epub 2018 Jun 7.

SPEN protein expression and interactions with chromatin in mouse testicular cells.

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Maria Sklodowska-Curie Institute - Oncology CenterGliwice Branch, Gliwice, Poland.
Department of Clinical ScienceUniversity of Bergen, Bergen, Norway.
Laboratory of Molecular NeurobiologyNeurobiology Center, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, PAS, Warsaw, Poland.
Maria Sklodowska-Curie Institute - Oncology CenterGliwice Branch, Gliwice, Poland


SPEN (spen family transcription repressor) is a nucleic acid-binding protein putatively involved in repression of gene expression. We hypothesized that SPEN could be involved in general downregulation of the transcription during the heat shock response in mouse spermatogenic cells through its interactions with chromatin. We documented predominant nuclear localization of the SPEN protein in spermatocytes and round spermatids, which was retained after heat shock. Moreover, the protein was excluded from the highly condensed chromatin. Chromatin immunoprecipitation experiments clearly indicated interactions of SPEN with chromatin in vivo However, ChIP-Seq analyses did not reveal any strong specific peaks both in untreated and heat shocked cells, which might suggest dispersed localization of SPEN and/or its indirect binding to DNA. Using in situ proximity ligation assay we found close in vivo associations of SPEN with MTA1 (metastasis-associated 1), a member of the nucleosome remodeling complex with histone deacetylase activity, which might contribute to interactions of SPEN with chromatin.

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