Identification of Gene Positioning Factors Using High-Throughput Imaging Mapping

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Summary Genomes are arranged non-randomly in the 3D space of the cell nucleus. Here, we have developed HIPMap, a high-precision, high-throughput, automated fluorescent in situ hybridization imaging pipeline, for mapping of the spatial location of genome regions at large scale. High-throughput imaging position mapping (HIPMap) enabled an unbiased siRNA screen for factors involved in genome organization in human cells. We identify 50 cellular factors required for proper positioning of a set of functionally diverse genomic loci. Positioning factors include chromatin remodelers, histone modifiers, and nuclear envelope and pore proteins. Components of the replication and post-replication chromatin re-assembly machinery are prominently represented among positioning factors, and timely progression of cells through replication, but not mitosis, is required for correct gene positioning. Our results establish a method for the large-scale mapping of genome locations and have led to the identification of a compendium of cellular factors involved in spatial genome organization.




Shachar, S., Voss, T. C., Pegoraro, G., Sciascia, N., & Misteli, T. (2015). Identification of Gene Positioning Factors Using High-Throughput Imaging Mapping. Cell, 162(4), 911–923.

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