Single-molecule analysis of steroid receptor and cofactor action in living cells

V Paakinaho, DM Presman, DA Ball, TA Johnson, RL Schiltz, P Levitt, D Mazza, T Morisaki, TS Karpova, GL Hager

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Population-based assays have been employed extensively to investigate the interactions of transcription factors (TFs) with chromatin and are often interpreted in terms of static and sequential binding. However, fluorescence microscopy techniques reveal a more dynamic binding behaviour of TFs in live cells. Here we analyse the strengths and limitations of in vivo single-molecule tracking and performed a comprehensive analysis on the intranuclear dwell times of four steroid receptors and a number of known cofactors. While the absolute residence times estimates can depend on imaging acquisition parameters due to sampling bias, our results indicate that only a small proportion of factors are specifically bound to chromatin at any given time. Interestingly, the glucocorticoid receptor and its cofactors affect each other's dwell times in an asymmetric manner. Overall, our data indicate transient rather than stable TF-cofactors chromatin interactions at response elements at the single-molecule level.
Original languageEnglish
Article number15896
JournalNature Communications
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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