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2:00 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012
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Polycomb repressive complex (PRC) 2 functions to repress thousands of target genes, and they are responsible for stem cell differentiation and carcinogenesis. However, how PRC2 are recruited to specific regions of their target genes remains elusive. In Drosophila, nine sequence-specific transcription factors including Zeste have been shown to act as PRC2 recruiters, but little is known about their homologues in mammalian cells, as a straightforward homology search failed to work in most cases. Aided by three-dimensional structure prediction and the use of the genomes of intermediate bridging species, we have identified a new protein, Zeste Homologue in humans (ZH), as the human homologue of Drosophila Zeste, which can recruite PRC2 complex.