Nucleoplasmic Lamin A/C and Polycomb group of proteins: an evolutionarily conserved interplay

F. Marullo, E. Cesarini, L. Antonelli, F. Gregoretti, G. Oliva, C. Lanzuolo

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Nuclear lamins are the main components of the nuclear lamina at the nuclear periphery, providing mechanical support to the nucleus. However, recent findings suggest that lamins also reside in the nuclear interior, as a distinct and dynamic pool with critical roles in transcriptional regulation. In our work we found a functional and evolutionary conserved crosstalk between Lamin A/C and the Polycomb group (PcG) of proteins, this being required for the maintenance of the PcG repressive functions. Indeed, Lamin A/C knock-down causes PcG foci dispersion and defects in PcG-mediated higher order structures, thereby leading to impaired PcG mediated transcriptional repression. By using ad-hoc algorithms for image analysis and PLA approaches we hereby show that PcG proteins are preferentially located in the nuclear interior where they interact with nucleoplasmic Lamin A/C. Taken together, our findings suggest that nuclear components, such as Lamin A/C, functionally interact with epigenetic factors to ensure the correct transcriptional program maintenance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalNucleus (Austin, Tex.)
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Apr 28 2016


  • Lamin A/C
  • nuclear architecture
  • nucleoplasm
  • Polycomb
  • transcription

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology


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