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Repo-Man/PP1 regulates heterochromatin formation in interphase

Castro, Ines; Budzak, James; Di Giacinto, Maria L.; Ligammari, Lorena; Gokhan, Ezgi; Spanos, Christos; Moralli, Daniela; Richardson, Christine; de las Heras, Jose I.; Salatino, Silvia; Schirmer, Eric C.; Ullman, Katharine S.; Bickmore, Wendy A.; Green, Catherine; Rappsilber, Juri; Lamble, Sarah; Goldberg, Martin W.; Vinciotti, Veronica; Vagnarelli, Paola

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Ines Castro

James Budzak

Maria L. Di Giacinto

Lorena Ligammari

Ezgi Gokhan

Christos Spanos

Daniela Moralli

Christine Richardson

Jose I. de las Heras

Silvia Salatino

Eric C. Schirmer

Katharine S. Ullman

Wendy A. Bickmore

Catherine Green

Juri Rappsilber

Sarah Lamble

Veronica Vinciotti

Paola Vagnarelli


Repo-Man is a protein phosphatase 1 (PP1) targeting subunit that regulates mitotic progression and chromatin remodelling. After mitosis, Repo-Man/PP1 remains associated with chromatin but its function in interphase is not known. Here we show that Repo-Man, via Nup153, is enriched on condensed chromatin at the nuclear periphery and at the edge of the nucleopore basket. Repo-Man/PP1 regulates the formation of heterochromatin, dephosphorylates H3S28 and it is necessary and sufficient for heterochromatin protein 1 binding and H3K27me3 recruitment. Using a novel proteogenomic approach, we show that Repo-Man is enriched at subtelomeric regions together with H2AZ and H3.3 and that depletion of Repo-Man alters the peripheral localization of a subset of these regions and alleviates repression of some polycomb telomeric genes. This study shows a role for a mitotic phosphatase in the regulation of the epigenetic landscape and gene expression in interphase.


Castro, I., Budzak, J., Di Giacinto, M. L., Ligammari, L., Gokhan, E., Spanos, C., …Vagnarelli, P. (2017). Repo-Man/PP1 regulates heterochromatin formation in interphase. Nature Communications, 8, Article 14048.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 23, 2016
Online Publication Date Jan 16, 2017
Publication Date Jan 16, 2017
Deposit Date Jan 23, 2017
Publicly Available Date Jan 25, 2017
Journal Nature Communications
Publisher Nature Research
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 8
Article Number 14048


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