Quick Search:

uzh logo
Browse by:

Zurich Open Repository and Archive

Maintenance: Tuesday, July the 26th 2016, 07:00-10:00

ZORA's new graphical user interface will be relaunched (For further infos watch out slideshow ZORA: Neues Look & Feel). There will be short interrupts on ZORA Service between 07:00am and 10:00 am. Please be patient.

Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-28684

Ratna, P; Scherrer, S; Fleischli, C; Becskei, A (2009). Synergy of repression and silencing gradients along the chromosome. Journal of Molecular Biology, 387(4):826-839.

[img] PDF - Registered users only
View at publisher
Accepted Version


The expression of a gene is determined by the transcriptional activators and repressors bound to its regulatory regions. It is not clear how these opposing activities are summed to define the degree of silencing of genes within a segment of the eukaryotic chromosome. We show that the general repressor Ssn6 and the silencing protein Sir3 generate inhibitory gradients with similar slopes over a transcribed gene, even though Ssn6 is considered a promoter-specific repressor of single genes, while Sir3 is a regional silencer. When two repression or silencing gradients flank a gene, they have a multiplicative effect on gene expression. A significant amplification of the interacting gradients distinguishes silencing from repression. When a silencing gradient is enhanced, the distance-dependence of the amplification changes and long-range effects are established preferentially. These observations reveal that repression and silencing proteins can attain different tiers in a hierarchy of conserved regulatory modes. The quantitative rules associated with these modes will help to explain the co-expression pattern of adjacent genes in the genome.


6 citations in Web of Science®
6 citations in Scopus®
Google Scholar™



66 downloads since deposited on 05 Feb 2010
22 downloads since 12 months

Detailed statistics

Additional indexing

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Molecular Life Sciences
08 University Research Priority Programs > Systems Biology / Functional Genomics
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
Date:10 April 2009
Deposited On:05 Feb 2010 09:14
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:49
Publisher DOI:10.1016/j.jmb.2009.02.025
PubMed ID:19233208

Users (please log in): suggest update or correction for this item

Repository Staff Only: item control page