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Non-coding RNA, Repeat Sequences, Heterochromatin Regulation & Nuclear structure: Implications for Disease

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The Lawrence Lab's research bridges fundamental questions about genome regulation with pursuing the clinical implications of recent advances in the studies of epigenetics. My research interests reflect my inter-disciplinary training in clinical human genetics and fundamental mechanisms of epigenetic regulation.  These interests motivated many years of work to develop new ways to visualize individual genes and RNAs directly within cell structure, particularly in nuclei and chromosomes.  Compelled by a then new idea that gene and chromosome organization was a fundamental component of epigenome programming during development, we developed single-copy gene and nuclear RNA FISH technology, making it possible to map genes not only on chromosomes but within the interphase nucleus.  This early work demonstrated that many “coding” genes and their pre-mRNAs are organized in specific domains or compartments within the mammalian nucleus.  Further developing these approaches in my lab, we demonstrated that RNA from the XIST gene is expressed exclusively from the inactive X-chromosome and coats the structure of the interphase chromosome territory, where it induces heterochromatin modifications which silence the chromosome. These studies were key in establishing the precedent that a large “non-coding” RNA had function, and XIST now remains the preeminent paradigm for RNA regulation of the epigenome and continues to be a focus for my lab’s research. 

Beginning in about 2007, my lab began an ambitious project to translate discoveries in chromosome biology and epigenetics to a novel approach to correct a chromosomal abnormality, particularly trisomy 21 in Down syndrome.  We were able to demonstrate that the very large XIST gene could be accurately targeted into one extra human chromosome 21 in iPS cells from a Down syndrome patient. Further, the RNA showed a robust capacity to repress transcription across the Chr21 bearing XIST.  This paves the way for a number of new avenues for translational research for Down syndrome ongoing in my lab, including the investigation of specific cell pathologies and pathways directly impacted by trisomy in human Down syndrome stem cells (including stem cell derived organoids or “minibrains”) and in Down syndrome mouse models.  This also now opens a new possibility: that trisomy 21 could be functionally corrected in specific cells by insertion of a single gene, XIST.   

The ability of a gene from the X- chromosome to induce silencing of an autosome provides evidence that XIST RNA utilizes a genome-wide mechanism to induce heterochromatin and architectural changes that is shared across chromosomes.   Thus, we are also exploring the implications that many repetitive sequences (often still considered simply evolutionary junk) may play a fundamental role in chromosome structure and function, and in shaping the human epigenome.




One or more keywords matched the following items that are connected to Lawrence, Jeanne
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Academic Article Unbalanced X;autosome translocations provide evidence for sequence specificity in the association of XIST RNA with chromatin.
Academic Article Repositioning of muscle-specific genes relative to the periphery of SC-35 domains during skeletal myogenesis.
Academic Article The cell biology of a novel chromosomal RNA: chromosome painting by XIST/Xist RNA initiates a remodeling cascade.
Academic Article Ubiquitinated proteins including uH2A on the human and mouse inactive X chromosome: enrichment in gene rich bands.
Academic Article The X chromosome is organized into a gene-rich outer rim and an internal core containing silenced nongenic sequences.
Academic Article Molecular anatomy of a speckle.
Academic Article Gene associations: true romance or chance meeting in a nuclear neighborhood?
Academic Article Evidence that all SC-35 domains contain mRNAs and that transcripts can be structurally constrained within these domains.
Academic Article Translating dosage compensation to trisomy 21.
Academic Article A long noncoding RNA mediates both activation and repression of immune response genes.
Academic Article Clustering of multiple specific genes and gene-rich R-bands around SC-35 domains: evidence for local euchromatic neighborhoods.
Academic Article Word frequency analysis reveals enrichment of dinucleotide repeats on the human X chromosome and [GATA]n in the X escape region.
Academic Article The disappearing Barr body in breast and ovarian cancers.
Academic Article AURKB-mediated effects on chromatin regulate binding versus release of XIST RNA to the inactive chromosome.
Academic Article The three-dimensional folding of the a-globin gene domain reveals formation of chromatin globules.
Academic Article Heterochromatin instability in cancer: from the Barr body to satellites and the nuclear periphery.
Concept Down-Regulation
Concept Chromatin Immunoprecipitation
Concept Chromatin
Concept Sex Chromatin
Concept Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental
Concept Gene Expression Regulation
Concept Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic
Concept Chromatin Assembly and Disassembly
Academic Article RLIM is dispensable for X-chromosome inactivation in the mouse embryonic epiblast.
Academic Article Spatial re-organization of myogenic regulatory sequences temporally controls gene expression.
Academic Article Unfolding the story of chromatin organization in senescent cells.
Academic Article RNA as a fundamental component of interphase chromosomes: could repeats prove key?
Academic Article Regulation of X-linked gene expression during early mouse development by Rlim.
Academic Article SAF-A Requirement in Anchoring XIST RNA to Chromatin Varies in Transformed and Primary Cells.
Academic Article Inducible XIST-dependent X-chromosome inactivation in human somatic cells is reversible.
Academic Article Aberrant silencing of cancer-related genes by CpG hypermethylation occurs independently of their spatial organization in the nucleus.
Academic Article Demethylated HSATII DNA and HSATII RNA Foci Sequester PRC1 and MeCP2 into Cancer-Specific Nuclear Bodies.
Academic Article Nuclear hubs built on RNAs and clustered organization of the genome.
Academic Article Nascent RNA scaffolds contribute to chromosome territory architecture and counter chromatin compaction.
Academic Article SAF-A mutants disrupt chromatin structure through dominant negative effects on RNAs associated with chromatin.
Academic Article Long non-coding RNAs: definitions, functions, challenges and recommendations.
Academic Article Early chromosome condensation by XIST builds A-repeat RNA density that facilitates gene silencing.
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