Genes Dev

The oncogenic BRD4-NUT chromatin regulator drives aberrant transcription within large topological domains

Authors Alekseyenko AA†, Walsh EM†, Wang X†, Grayson AR, Hsi PT, Kharchenko PV, Kuroda MI, and French CA Genes Dev 2015, doi:10.1101/gad.267583.115. Abstract NUT midline carcinoma (NMC), a subtype of squamous cell cancer, is one of the most aggressive human solid malignancies known. NMC is driven by the creation of a translocation oncoprotein, BRD4-NUT, which blocks differentiation and drives growth of NMC cells. BRD4-NUT forms distinctive nuclear foci in patient tumors, which we found correlate with ∼100 unprecedented, hyperacetylated expanses of chromatin that reach up to 2 Mb in size.

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